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“Impressive… [Rybczynski] writes with disarming ease… Our finest architecture critic.”—Francis Morrone, Wall Street Journal

Makeshift Metropolis is a deceptively slender distillation of some of the best thinking of one of the best thinkers about cities and urban planning. It’s a terrific meditation on the past, present, and future of cities—a critical subject now that human life, increasingly, is urban life.”—David Owen, author of Green Metropolis

“Rybczynski offers a glimpse of an urban future that might very well serve as a template for cities around the world… Instructive and always engaging… He not only writes about what people want from their cities, he inspires the reader to imagine the possibilities.”—Publishers Weekly

"Makeshift Metropolis is a wonderful book. It shows us how cities have been shaped by an unplanned dance between urban planners and the demands of ordinary consumers. Rybczynski is the ideal expositor of urban design, blessed with an abundance of inside knowledge."--Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Witold Rybczynski, born in Edinburgh, raised in Canada, and currently living in Philadelphia, is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written on architecture and urbanism for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and Slate, and is the author of the critically acclaimed Home and the A Clearing in the Distance, a biography of frederick Law Olmsted, for which he was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Prize. He is the recipient of the National Building Museum’s 2007 Vincent Scully Prize.

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