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A deep exploration of contemporary lifestyles that examines our towns, public areas, and homes

Following How structure Works, Witold Rybczynski casts a professional severe eye over the trendy scene with Mysteries of the Mall. His topic is not anything below the vast atmosphere of our metropolitan world.
In thirty-five discerning essays, Rybczynski levels over topics as diversified as procuring shops, significant Park, the Paris opera residence, and America's shrinking towns. alongside the way in which, he examines our post-9/11 obsession with safety, the revival of the big-city library, the increase of school cities, and our fascination with holiday houses, and he visits Disney's deliberate group of occasion. via modern architects as different as Frank Gehry, Moshe Safdie, and Bing Thom, revisiting previous masters comparable to Christopher Wren, Le Corbusier, and Frank Lloyd Wright, and contemplating such unsung innovators as Stanley H. Durwood, the inventor of the Cineplex, Rybczynski ponders the position of worldwide towns in an age of tourism and what locations allure us within the sleek city.
Mysteries of the Mall is required examining for an individual fascinated with the fashionable international and the way it got here to be that way.

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