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Management article
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Reference no. 89208
Authors: Jane Holtz Kay
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1989

Abstract

A primer for executives and architects, Thomas Walton''s Architecture and the Corporation: The Creative Intersection comes at the right time. Walton''s details are helpful, but he looks at buildings as single structures, not part of an entire environmental setting. The result is a book that defines good design too narrowly. In City: Rediscovering the Center, William H. Whyte supplies the importance of context. He also argues that companies which isolate themselves in the country hurt themselves as well as the environment because they lose the energy that comes from the spontaneous interactions of city life.

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Abstract

A primer for executives and architects, Thomas Walton''s Architecture and the Corporation: The Creative Intersection comes at the right time. Walton''s details are helpful, but he looks at buildings as single structures, not part of an entire environmental setting. The result is a book that defines good design too narrowly. In City: Rediscovering the Center, William H. Whyte supplies the importance of context. He also argues that companies which isolate themselves in the country hurt themselves as well as the environment because they lose the energy that comes from the spontaneous interactions of city life.

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