The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st-Century City [full text]
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By Rutherford H. Platt …
By Rutherford H. Platt
A Subversive Little Book “This is a book by people who like cities.” Thus began William H. Whyte Jr.’s introduction to a subversive little book with the polemical title The Exploding Metropolis: A Study of the Assault on Urbanism and How Our Cities Can Resist It (Editors of Fortune 1957, hereinafter cited as TEM). Drawing on a roundtable of urban experts convened by two prominent magazines, Fortune and Architectural Forum, the book in six short essays reexamined the nature of cities and city building in the postwar era. The book also defi ned future agendas for “Holly” Whyte (as he was fondly known by his friends) and fellow editor Jane Jacobs.