The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life,by Jonathan F.P. Rose, Harper Wave, September 2016, 480 pages, $18.74.
Planner and developer Jonathan F. P. Rose’s title for his new book, The Well-Tempered City, alludes to Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. Bach’s collection of preludes and fugues in all major and minor keys was composed, says Rose, “to align our highest human aspirations with the sublime harmony of nature. It is a model of the task we have today in designing and reshaping our cities.”