Josh Stephens

"How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City," by Joan DeJean, is full of creative insights on the symptoms of urban modernity as well as bold statements about how Paris came to be one of the world's great cities. Exclusive
Aug 12, 2014  By Josh Stephens
Josh Stephens reviews James Howard Kunstler's novel of post-peak oil existence, <i>World Made By Hand.</i> Exclusive
Jul 24, 2008  By Josh Stephens
Say you're a big city. But right next door is an even bigger big city. What do you do to stand out? Josh Stephens explores the unique plight of America's so-called stepsister cities. Exclusive
Apr 14, 2008  By Josh Stephens
Josh Stephens reviews "The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art, and Music Drive New York City", by Elizabeth Currid -- a look at the planning, sociology, and history behind New York's creative economy. While Currid's observations and theories are enlightening and sometimes entertaining, the book misses its opportunity to establish a strong case for planning's role in the cultivation of a creative economy, says Stephens. Exclusive
Feb 11, 2008  By Josh Stephens
Nathan Glazer's <em>From a Cause to a Style: Modernist Architecture's Encounter with the American City</em> reveals how this influential social movement's good intentions shaped the look of the 20th century. Exclusive
Sep 24, 2007  By Josh Stephens
With <em>Sprawl: A Compact History</em>, author Robert Bruegmann has become a favorite sprawl apologist, yet his flawed arguments and dismissal of the most serious concerns of the anti-sprawl movement ultimately add little to the prevailing land use debate of our time, writes Josh Stephens in this book review. Exclusive
Jun 13, 2006  By Josh Stephens