This book has been enriched by the advice and criticism offered by several friends and colleagues. In particular, I want to thank Nat Glazer, Joseph Koerner, Marty Peretz, Peter G. Rowe, Witold Rybczynski, Michael Sorkin, and Leon Wieseltier, who read the manuscript and made invaluable suggestions. My thanks also to Jack Stoddart, Angel Guerra, and Lynne Missen, our editor, all at Stoddart Publishing, for their encouragement and support; to everyone at Basic Books; to Linda Kahn; and to Elsa Franklin, whose belief in the book led to its joint publication in the United States and Canada.
Wendy Kohn began working with me on this book in 1993 as a researcher and editor. As time went by, it became apparent that her contribution extended well beyond that of editor. I am particularly grateful for her insistence that no urban proposals relevant to North America can overlook the power of the American dream of dispersal and openness, and that contemporary concepts must therefore reconcile the forces of concentration and dispersal.
MOSHE SAFDIE CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS MARCH 1997