If Cars Could Talk

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IF CARS COULD TALK examines urban environments, how they are born, change and die, and offers fresh approaches to unlocking our cities’ great potential. More than half of the world’s population lives in a city and that number stands to increase. Crafted with the tools gleaned during the author’s 40 years of working as an architect around the world, Fain’s message could not be more timely.

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William Fain

William Fain is an architect and urban designer with an international reputation and a long list of professional honors. He is a native Californian who took degrees from UC Berkeley (Bachelor of Architecture) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Master of Architecture in Urban Design), also spending a term at Manchester University in England. Mr. Fain has practiced architecture and urban planning for over 35 years. He is the managing partner and directs master planning and urban design for Johnson Fain, a firm of 50 architects, planners and interior designers, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles.

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IF CARS COULD TALK examines urban environments, how they are born, change and die, and offers fresh approaches to unlocking our cities’ great potential. More than half of the world’s population lives in a city and that number stands to increase. Crafted with the tools gleaned during the author’s 40 years of working as an architect around the world, Fain’s message could not be more timely.

More than an urban fi x-it book, If Cars Could Talk presents a call to action to city builders everywhere that major issues threaten our cities and failure to confront them will diminish the quality of life. This collection of hard-hitting, focused essays advances the understanding of the importance of community participation, sustainability and the creation of rich urban neighborhoods. A must-read for city-lovers, professional and amateur alike.

Introduction by Robert Campbell

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Dimensions 6 × 8 in
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Softcover with dust jacket, 160 pages, 120 4-color images

ISBN

978-1-890449-58-2

1 review for If Cars Could Talk

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    Robert Campbell, Architecture Critic, Boston Globe

    “Most books of this kind are written by professional writers or academics. Fain is neither, although he’s done a good deal of teaching. He’s a practitioner. He practices what he preaches. The lessons he draws come from his own experience, enriched by his wide reading. The book can be thought of as a sequence of ten sermons delivered to students by a guy who spends most of his time out in the world working in the complexity of real situations.”

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