Penn IUR Public Interest Series
Book Talk: Witold Rybczynski, “Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas about Cities”
In this new work, prize-winning author, professor, and Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski returned to the territory he knows best: writing about the way people live. InMakeshift Metropolis, Rybczynski drew upon a lifetime of observing cities to craft a concise and insightful book that is at once an intellectual history and a masterful critique. The book introduced readers to projects like Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Yards in Washington D.C., and, further afield, to the new city of Modi’in, Israel—projects which, in the age of resource scarcity, economic turmoil, and changing human demands, challenge our notion of the city. The event was followed by a book signing and reception. Books were also available to purchase.