The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition

The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition


By (author) James Howard Kunstler

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster International
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 17 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0743227239
  • ISBN 13: 9780743227230
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps, b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 513,965

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An in-depth investigation of the developments of urban environments and how we are affected by it The City in Mind is a far-reaching discourse on the history and current state of urban life. Kunstler reflects on various and diverse cities across the world and investigates the nature and character of their city lives. From London to Mexico City, he takes an in-depth look at each city's history, development and state of architectural and societal success. Other cities explored include Rome, Berlin and Paris. In his investigations, he discovers a disparate Europe with its mix of pre-industrial creativity, war-marked reminders of the twentieth century, and the architectural aftermath of World War II, modernism, and for some, the Cold War. In his discussions on Western culture, Kunstler expands the notions of urbanism first discussed by Jane Jacobs. His examination of cities is at once a concise history of their urban lives and a detailed criticism of how those histories have either aided or hindered the social and civil progress of the cities' occupants.

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James Howard Kunstler is the acclaimed author of two previous bsetselling books. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and an editor for ROLLING STONE, and is a frequent contributor to THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE.

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Lloyd Eby "The World & I" Kunstler's acerbic opinions and mastery of the apposite phrase, occurring on nearly every page, make for exhilarating reading.