Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities
Brent D. Ryan
288 pages | 6 x 9 | 57 illus.
Cloth 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4407-6 | $45.00 | £29.50
A volume in the City in the Twenty-First Century series
"Design After Decline is an important addition to the study of urbanism 'after the fall.' Ryan brings to this surprisingly little-researched topic an impressive expertise in planning as well as a belief in the social impact of good urban design. As he shows, the many failures and few hard-won victories of late twentieth-century urbanism must be understood if we are to recover a genuine American urbanism in the course of the twenty-first century."--Robert Fishman, University of Michigan
In Design After Decline, Brent D. Ryan chronicles the fraught and intermittently successful rebuilding of Detroit and Philadelphia in recent decades, concluding that small-scale strategies must give way to a revived combination of innovative urban design and social planning. Read more . . .