• The Well-Tempered City

  • What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life
  • By: Jonathan F. P. Rose
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-28-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity - and the home of 80 percent of the world's population by 2050. As the 21st century progresses, metropolitan areas will bear the brunt of global megatrends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, population growth, income inequality, mass migrations, and education and health disparities, among many others. In The Well-Tempered City, Jonathan F. P. Rose - the man who "repairs the fabric of cities" - distills a lifetime of interdisciplinary research and firsthand experience into a five-pronged model for how to design and reshape our cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity. Drawing from the musical concept of "temperament" as a way to achieve harmony, Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability, well-being, and the ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature. These goals may never be fully achieved, but our cities will be richer and happier if we aspire to them and if we infuse our every plan and constructive step with this intention.
©2016 Jonathan F. P. Rose (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A thought-provoking introduction to the future of cities." ( Publishers Weekly)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Patrick on 01-04-18

Not coherent

This book is a mash up of way too many metaphors. It is vague and confused. He lost me when giving prescriptions on how to reduce "terrorism" without defining the term - unwittingly political. The author appears to be too much of a city-planning specialist, and not enough of a generalist, to speak on such wide ranging topics. Had to stop listening after the first chapter. Would much rather learn the history of city ecology without conflating with musical temperament.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-28-17

inspiring, timely and actionable

Having just returned from Lisbon and hearing its history shared by a thirty-four year old guide and your noting the 1755 earthquake as a seminal moment in the design and understanding of our physical and social structures, I thought how we, now, have this significant opportunity to achieve 'entwinement' through the insights and holistic understanding clearly articulated in the 'Well Tempered City'. Thank you.

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