A History of Future Cities

A History of Future Cities


By (author) Daniel Brook

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 38mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 20 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393348865
  • ISBN 13: 9780393348866
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 12 illustrations; 4 maps
  • Sales rank: 178,049

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n 1703, Peter the Great founded his eponymous capital on a Baltic marsh. Modelled on Amsterdam, he believed it would usher in a modernised, Westernised future. In the nineteenth-century Age of Imperialism, the British rebuilt Bombay as a tropical London, while three Western powers made Shanghai look just like home. In our time, the sheikh of Dubai has transformed his desert city into a skyscraper-studded global hub. The cultural and historical threads that connect these cities and their conflicted embrace of modernity are brought into relief in Daniel Brook's captivating mix of history and reportage - a story of architects and authoritarians, artists and revolutionaries who take these facsimiles of the West and turn them into crucibles of non-Western modernism. A History of Future Cities is both a crucial reminder of globalisation's long march and an inspiring look into the possibilities of our Asian Century.

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Daniel Brook is the author of The Trap and a journalist whose work has appeared in publications including Harper's, The Nation and Slate.

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"Daniel Brook tells a fast moving story, filling in much of the political history of each city along the way." History Today "...there is much to enjoy in this timely and accessible contribution to our debates on the future of the city." RIBAJ "A History of Future Citiesremains a delicious read..." Time Out Mumbai "...he [Brook] marshals well-known facts with great facility into exciting narratives that steer us from each city's origin, through cycles of boom and bust, to its present state." Caravan "an interesting addition to the debate about the importance of cities, the contradictions they embody and the creative potential of human beings." Socialist Review "[A History of Future Cities] offers a rich panorama of the mechanisms at work in cities which may one day displace London, Paris and New York as the torchbearers of progress. As such, it deserves our full attention." Literary Review