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Review [ Big Plans] is a book that should be read by all those people, and there seem to be more of them as week chases week, who are thinking about the fate of lower Manhattan right now. (Joe Mysak Bloomberg News)Kenneth Kolson has lots of material: Some of what's been built in cities lately is astonishing and not in a good way. (Anthony Flint Boston Globe)Kolson is a passionate critic of urban schemes, with well-founded skepticism about the role rationality has played in designing them. (Gail Lee Dubrow Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians)A fascinating read about the utopian goal of Big Plans and the dystopian reality of lived experience. (Design Issues)A work similar in spirit to Lewis Mumford's The City in History and Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities with a distinctive postmodern tone and perspective. Wonderful, funny, idiosyncratic? Big Plans is an original. Anyone interested in cities will want to read this book. It will be of special interest to professionals and practitioners in planning, architecture, and landscape design, as well as students and scholars in architecture and planning, urban studies, geography, American studies, history, and sociology. (Frederick R. Steiner, professor and director of the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Arizona State University) Read more From the Publisher 'A work similar in spirit to Lewis Mumford's The City in History and Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities with a distinctive postmodern tone and perspective. Wonderful, funny, idiosyncratic?Big Plans is an original. Anyone interested in cities will want to read this book. It will be of special interest to professionals and practitioners in planning, architecture, and landscape design, as well as students and scholars in architecture and planning, urban studies, geography, American studies, history and sociology.'?Frederick Steiner, professor and director of the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Arizona State University Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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