The Urban Village

The Urban Village : A Charter for Democracy and Local Self-Sustainable Development

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When first published in Italy, this book sold out in months. It stirred much media interest and was widely welcomed across the political spectrum and in scholarly circles. Now available in English in an updated version, The Urban Village introduces the concept of self-sustainable local development based on each locality's territorial specificities and traditions. After exploring the significance of local development in all its political, social and technical dimensions, Professor Magnaghi sets out a concrete vision for a new urban regional 'utopia'. He proposes, in addition to conventional indices of wealth and income, other criteria of social progress - including quality of life, social solidarity, and the development of non-commercial caring relations. Only when local communities value their local heritages, he argues, and build themselves on a basis of local economic self-government, will they be able to resist the colonization and marginalization that globalization so often inflicts on them. At a time when the idea of the local, the demand for genuine decentralization capable of building effective community-level self-governing institutions, innovative democratic experiments, and ecological sustainability are all attracting more public interest, Alberto Magnaghi's blend of theoretical thinking and practical proposals is likely to prove a source of inspiration for politicians, planners and citizens wrestling with the challenge of building urban and rural communities. Alberto Magnaghi is Professor of Land Use Planning at the University of Florence and leader of a nationwide research project to explore the importance of Italy's local heritage for endogenous development in the country's various regions. Besides many academic publications, he is the author of The Charter for a New Municipium that was presented at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre in 2002.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 137.2 x 213.4 x 12.7mm | 272.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Italian
  • Notes Bibliography Index
  • 1842775812
  • 9781842775813
  • 797,641

About Alberto Magnaghi

Professor Alberto Magnaghi is Professor of Land Use Planning at the University of Florence, Italy

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Table of contents

Foreword; Introduction; PART 1: THE TERRITORIALIST APPROACH: TOWARDS LOCAL SELF-SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; 1. The Metropolis Form and Deterritorialisation; 2: Beyond the Metropolis Form; 3. The Territory is not a Beast of Burden; 4. The Territorialist Approach; 5. Local Self-Sustainable Development ; 6. The Agents of Change; 7. The Statute of Places; PART 2: VISIONS OF A STRATEGIC SCENARIO PREMISE ; 8. Concrete Utopia and Strategic Scenarios; 9. Projects for Open Spaces: The Landscape of the New Farmers; 10. Cities of Villages, Cities of Cities, Networks of Cities; 11. The New Municipium; 12. Towards the Construction of Urban Village: From the Hypermarkete to Marketing Networks for Local ; Products; 13. Local Project and the South of the World: From Cooperation to the Development of Fair Trade; 14. The Local Project: Summing up a Political Vision

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Review quote

'...the ideas contained in The Urban Village remain unique...the value of the book lies in its relational view of socio-ecological development.' - Alex Loftus, Royal Holloway, University of London 'A welcome addition to this literature [the Urban Village concept] is Alberto Magnaghi's The Urban Village which is an insightful and enjoyable take on the form and characteristics of the Urban Village ... The author should be commended for the book's balanced assessment of approaches to the urban environment which delves into other theories such as functionalist and environmentalist approaches before settling on a territoriality approach to the regeneration of cities ... The Urban Village has new and intriguing ideas on urban form as well as social and environmental equality. The Urban Village is a fascinating insight into the territorial approach to urban development, and rightly holds a prominent place within the emerging literature on community development and environmental justice.' - Ashley Nye, Royal Holloway, University of London

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