Heavenly Cities

Daniel Aaron

  • The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities by Richard Sennett
    Faber, 266 pp, £17.50, June 1991, ISBN 0 571 16192 8

For the last thirty years Richard Sennett – urban sociologist, historian, novelist – has been meditating on the culture and ecology of industrial cities: on how they evolved, on how their physical organisation and social structure related to the psychological and moral experiences of their inhabitants. More pointedly than his previous books, The Conscience of the Eye, he says, aims to show the interactions between the ‘architectural, urban planning, public sculpture, and the visual scenes of the city’ and its ‘cultural life’.

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