Across the world, the split between urban and rural life continues to grow deeper and deeper. Where some see the great potential of the city—its ability to bring people together, spark creative innovations, and concentrate work and wealth—others turn away from the hustle and bustle and look for slower, gentler, more “natural” ways of living. But what if we could have the best of both worlds, with cities that are as beautiful in their form as they are in their functions?
That’s the possibility that’s being explored in Gestalten’s gorgeous coffee table book The Ideal City. While recognizing that the perfect city has yet to be built, it draws on the works of cutting edge urban planning and design experts to envision a future for cities that’s brighter for everyone living in them. Overall, the book offers a much-needed dose of hope and optimism for urban life.