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CITIES ALIVE: Jane Jacobs, Christopher Alexander, and the Roots of the New Urban Renaissance

"I can’t think of anyone better to write this important book than Michael Mehaffy."
— Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces

“A major work... gives a very deep and readable account of city structure.”
— Nikos Salingaros, mathematician and urban theorist

“I find his voice as a writer fascinating and compelling.”
— Christopher Alexander, architect and author

"Lively and easy to read... the final chapters really shine."
— Setha Low, Director, Public Space Research Group, The Graduate Center CUNY

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Book Description:

Cities are experiencing a renaissance today, because we’ve begun to understand how they really work — and what they need to work better for human beings. This is the story of two revealing figures in the history of that renaissance: the urban economist Jane Jacobs, and the architect Christopher Alexander. Their key insights have shaped several generations of scholars, professionals, and activists.

However, as the book argues, this renaissance is still immature, and more must be done to achieve its promise — especially in an age of rapid, often sprawling urbanization. In response, in December 2016, all 193 member states of the United Nations adopted by consensus the “New Urban Agenda,” a historic document emphasizing the pivotal role of cities and towns in meeting the challenges of the future. As this book documents, Jacobs and Alexander played key roles in formulating the conceptual insights behind the New Urban Agenda — and they continue to offer us crucial implementation lessons for the years ahead.