Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City by Richard Sennett #AltRead #Review #nonfictionnov #nonfiction

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I’m on a mission to review all my outstanding non-fiction books this month, since it’s non-fiction November. And there’s a lot! Will I be able to do it?  I’ll give it my best shot.


Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the CityBuilding and Dwelling: Ethics for the City by Richard Sennett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City
, Richard Sennett explains what it takes to build a good life through a good environment for individuals and society as a whole, worldwide.

Make no mistake, this is an academic text book and written for students in the same field, so although I personally found it interesting, it was not what I expected and it was quite wordy. However, if this is to be your field of expertise then that’s not going to deter you. In fact this may actually be on your reading list.

Sennett covers subjects such as the ethics of co-creation in cities and how the geography, along with economics, has a sociological effect on city-dwelling on a global level.

Well researched, and for the layman like me it’s full of interesting thought provoking ideas at how we can build and live in our cities of the future.

I’ll admit, I don’t necessarily agree with everything Sennett says, but nevertheless he does what I am sure he set out to do, which was to get me thinking. So for any academics out there reading this, you should get heaps of challenging ideas regarding urban development from what is essentially a student text book.

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