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The Last Landscape

By: William H Whyte

376 pages, no illustrations

University of Pennsylvania Press

Paperback | Dec 1968 [2002 reprint] | #129711 | ISBN: 0812217993
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About this book

Whyte's pioneering work at last returned to print.
`When it was first published, The Last Landscape was radical stuff. As much as Silent Spring challenged American science to recognize its long-term responsibilities, Whyte's book asked communities, the government, and the design profession to do the same. Four decades later, this book is just as timely, the only difference is that the logic is now mainstream and the evidence is overwhelming.' Paco Underhill

When it was first published, The Last Landscape was radical stuff. As much as Silent Spring challenged American science to recognize its long-term responsibilities, Whyte's book asked communities, the government, and the design profession to do the same. Four decades later, this book is just as timely, the only difference is that the logic is now mainstream and the evidence is overwhelming.-Paco Underhill, author of Why We Buy "An excellent book."-Jane Jacobs "A practical handbook for all who care enough to fight for a more liveable environment."-Washington Post


Contents

Foreword, by Tony Hiss 1. Introduction 2. The Politics of Open Space THE DEVICES 3. The Police Power 4. The Fee Simple 5. Easements 6. The Tax Approach 7. Defending Open Space THE PLANS 8. The Year 2000 Plans 9. The Green Belts 10. Linkage 11. The Design of Nature DEVELOPMENT 12. Cluster Development 13. The New Towns 14. The Project Look 15. Play Areas and Small Spaces LANDSCAPE ACTION 16. The Plan of the Landscape 17. Scenic Roads 18. Roadsides 19. Townscape DESIGN AND DENSITY 20. The Case for Crowding 21. The Last Landscape Bibliography Index

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Biography

William H. Whyte (1917-1999) was editor of Fortune magazine and Distinguished Professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He was the author numerous books on social and environmental analysis, including The Organization Man, both of which are available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Tony Hiss, former staff writer for the New Yorker, is a visiting scholar at the Taub Urban Research Center, New York University. He is the author of The Experience of Place.

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