The City in Mind

The City in Mind : Notes on the Urban Condition


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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Simon & Schuster International
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 10-15 illustrations & line drawings
  • 0743227239
  • 9780743227230
  • 588,282

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Michael Fainelli The Christian Science Monitor Disturbing others' sense of normality is something Kunstler does well...everyone who knows his work acknowledges his power to wake up a crowd.

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About James Howard Kunstler

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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Table of contents

ContentsPrefacePARIS The Achievements of Napoleon III and Georges Eugène HaussmanATLANTA Does Edge City Have a Future?MEXICO CITY The End of the World and Other CataclysmsBERLIN The Paradoxes of HistoryLAS VEGAS Utopia of ClownsROME In Search of the ClassicalBOSTON Overcoming History and ModernismLONDON Landscape as the Cure for CitiesNotesIndex

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