City

City

By: David Macaulay
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Company
Publication Date: 1974
Series: Buildings Built to Last by David Macaulay

View on Amazon View Kindle
Description

The Romans were masters of the art of city planning.  In City David Macaulay creates the imaginary Roman city of Verbonia; through his impressively detailed drawings and clear descriptive text he shows just how superbly the Romans built new and exciting cities which functioned for the people who were to inhabit them.  The book pictures and describes how the city's population and size were determined before construction began, how ample space was allowed for houses, shops, public squares, and temples; how streets, sidewalks, and sewer systems were designed to serve best those who lived and worked within the city walls.  The step by step process of constructing such aspects as roads and bridges, the city wall, water and drainage systems, public areas such as the forum and market place, shops and private homes, and public baths and entertainment centers is graphically explained.

In his creation of Verbonia, the author displays the kind of city planning that is the basis of any truly successful city.  It is impossible to read this book without drawing parallels to contemporary cities and their existing problems.  The need for adequate city planning is greater than ever.  A look back in history at the skills used in the building of Roman cities can give another perspective on the city of today.

From the dust jacket

Paid membership includes:
  • Time period, genre, location, reading level, full descriptions, content considerations, reprint information, and more
  • Search across our entire database of books
  • Lists of books by author and illustrator
  • Keep track of which books you already own from our database
  • Create a wish list of books you're searching for
  • Create your own custom lists of books from our database

See a sample book page

See a sample author page

Enter your email to receive our monthly newsletter, The Alexandrian Scribe.

We will use your email in accordance with our privacy policy.