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CRITIQUE

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PERFECT
CITY
REVIEWED BY DOUG CARLYLE

An Urban Fixer's Global Search for
Magic in the Modern Metropolis
By Joe Berridge
Sutherland House, April 2019
Hardcover, 204 pages

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EN_PERFECT CITY, BY JOE BERRIDGE, is a joy to read and
to reread. It is a compelling, thoughtful narrative in which
Berridge generously shares his life-long career. It is much more
than a tale of his remarkable accomplishments as a renowned
city planner. In Perfect City, he brings a sense of humility to his
keen observation of looking at cities. The writing is insightful
and, at times, humorous. He shares anecdotes from the cities
around the world where he has practiced his craft. He tells of
the lessons he has learned from them and their people. There
is a sense of humanity in each tale, complete with stories about
personal relationships and favourite restaurants and foods.
From the outset, he clearly paints the picture of the conflict
between the patrons of 20th century city planning and design,
Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. Jane Jacobs, his friend and
neighbour, is famously known as the observer, critic, writer and
neighbourhood "engagement" crusader (mix of uses, short
blocks, and life on the street). Whereas Robert Moses, her
nemesis as Berridge reminds us, is the builder of many of the
major freeways and parks of New York that were detrimental
to Jacob's cherished neighbourhoods. His accomplishments
were achieved through the manipulation of political power and
public finance.
Berridge's assessment of the achievements and risks of city
making straddle between Jacobs and Moses. He takes the
reader from his hometown of Toronto to New York, Singapore,
London, Manchester, Belfast, Sydney and Shanghai, discussing
their distinctive planning issues and initiatives, along with the
influential people from each city. While these various cities'
achievements are striking, Berridge makes clear that the
"congealed mess of outdated and overlapping jurisdictions,
the diffusion of responsibility, the fact that simultaneously no
one and everyone is in charge" undermines best intentions.
Canadian cities are perpetually faced with challenges of transit,
housing and financial distress.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2019

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE > FR_ EN_LP
ESSAY | ESSAI LA BEAUTÉ COMME EXPºÉRIENCE
THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
SOUS LES ÉTOILES
BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
METAMORPHOUS
UNE ÉTRANGE BEAUTÉ
CRITIQUE
I KEEP TAKING THE SAME PHOTO
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - SOUS LES ÉTOILES
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
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