A civic place belongs to everyone and yet to nobody in particular. In Civic Realism, Peter G. Rowe looks at the shape and appearance of civic places, and at the social, political, and cultural circumstances that bring them into existence. The book is as much about the making and reshaping of civic places as it is about urban architecture per se. According to Rowe, the best civic place-making occurs across the divide between the state and civil society. By contrast, the alternatives are not very attractive. On the one side are state-sponsored edifices and places of authoritarian nature. On the other are the exclusive enclaves of corporate-dominated urban and suburban environments.
About the Author
Peter G. Rowe is Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design.
—Diane Ghirardo, Professor of Architectural History, University of Southern California; editor of the Journal of Architectural Education; and author of Architecture After Modernism
—Juan Busquets, Professor of Urbanism, School of Architecture, Barcelona
—Mario Gandelsonas, Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Princeton University