Daniel Solomon, FAIA, is emeritus professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and was named to Architectural Digest's list of 100 foremost architects in 1991 and 1995. He lives in San Francisco, California.
A founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, architect Solomon (emeritus, Berkeley; ReBuilding) relates how post- World War II urban planning blighted our cities and turned the countryside into sprawl, then proposes his brand of New Urbanism as the fix. Solomon blames the Modernism of Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, et al., describing how its misguided principles and practices are now disfiguring cities around the globe. Like other big names in New Urbanism, such as Andres Duany and James Kunstler, Solomon believes in relearning the forgotten lessons of traditional city planning, but he also sympathizes with critics charging that the movement has spawned little more than overpriced subdivisions featuring quaint front porches. Solomon is intent on refashioning the existing "urban fabric." Shunning flashy architectural statements, he explains that "normative" buildings-the mix of ordinary housing, offices, stores, etc.-must be orchestrated to form streetscapes that encourage a vibrant and diverse urban lifestyle. Peter Calthorpe's New Urbanist manual, The Regional City, is more polished and persuasive than this collection of chatty, semi-autobiographical, loosely connected essays. Still, Global City Blues will energize architects, planners, and citizens working to revitalize ailing urban neighborhoods. For academic and large public libraries.-David Solt?sz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Global City Blues is one of the rare architecture books that will resonate with any thoughtful reader." - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE "If only all architects could write as engagingly as Daniel Solomon!... This is a big-picture book rather than a how-to book, but it's much better reading than most overviews of the transition from the modernist mindset to however it is that we think and see design now." - PLANNING"