Atlas of Cities

Atlas of Cities

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More than half the world's population lives in cities, and that proportion is expected to rise to three-quarters by 2050. Urbanization is a global phenomenon, but the way cities are developing, the experience of city life, and the prospects for the future of cities vary widely from region to region. The Atlas of Cities presents a unique taxonomy of cities that looks at different aspects of their physical, economic, social, and political structures; their interactions with each other and with their hinterlands; the challenges and opportunities they present; and where cities might be going in the future. Each chapter explores a particular type of city--from the foundational cities of Greece and Rome and the networked cities of the Hanseatic League, through the nineteenth-century modernization of Paris and the industrialization of Manchester, to the green and "smart" cities of today.
Expert contributors explore how the development of these cities reflects one or more of the common themes of urban development: the mobilizing function (transport, communication, and infrastructure); the generative function (innovation and technology); the decision-making capacity (governance, economics, and institutions); and the transformative capacity (society, lifestyle, and culture). Using stunning info-graphics, maps, charts, tables, and photographs, the Atlas of Cities is a comprehensive overview of the patterns of production, consumption, generation, and decay of the twenty-first century's defining form.
* Presents a one-of-a-kind taxonomy of cities that looks at their origins, development, and future prospects* Features core case studies of particular types of cities, from the foundational cities of Greece and Rome to the "smart" cities of today* Explores common themes of urban development, from transport and communication to lifestyle and culture* Includes stunning info-graphics, maps, charts, tables, and photos Additional material for this book: Cities Featured: Abuja, Alexandria, Amsterdam, Athens, Augsburg, Babylon, Beijing, Berlin, Brasilia, Bruges, Budapest, Cairo, Canberra, Chandigarh, Chicago, Constantinople, Curitiba, Detroit, Dubai, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Florence, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Geneva, Ghent, Glasgow, Gussing, Hong Kong, Innsbruck, Istanbul, Jakarta, Karachi, Knossos, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Lubeck, Manchester, Marseille, Masdar City, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Mumba, Mumbai, Nairobi, New York, Paris, Pella, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Santorini, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sheffield, Singapore, Sparta, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Sydney, Syracuse, Tokyo, Vancouver, Venice, Vienna, Washington, D.C., Wildpoldsried
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 232.16 x 285.5 x 21.59mm | 1,588g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • With a Foreword by Richard Flo ed.
  • 0691157812
  • 9780691157818
  • 224,952

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"This is an atlas with a difference. It broaches the complexity of the urban experience directly and in a beautifully persuasive graphical way, showing how this great variety of city types and features can be explained both chronologically and geographically. A wonderful book of new insights about how our contemporary cities have evolved."--Michael Batty, author of The New Science of Cities

"The Atlas of Cities is a major contribution to our understanding of the place of cities in today's world. This is a new type of map. It does what words alone cannot do; it makes visible the thick patterns that are cutting across old divides."--Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and author of Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy

"This vibrant book provides an exciting and insightful tour of the cities that are shaping humanity's future; every would-be urbanist can learn something from this volume."--Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

"'Form follows function' was the watchword of twentieth-century modernists but, as the Atlas of Cities deftly shows, the concept has undergirded city building from the start. From imperial Rome and industrial Manchester to today's Asian megacities and border-transcending anomalies like Miami and Dubai, Paul Knox and his talented team of scholars read each city's meaning through its built environment. Packed with info-graphics that are often quirky but always relevant, reading the Atlas of Cities is like walking through the world's great metropolises--something new to ponder around every corner."--Daniel Brook, author of A History of Future Cities

"The Atlas of Cities is an exhaustive and visually captivating field guide to the past history, present tensions, and future transformation of our planet by humanity's city builders."--Anthony M. Townsend, author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
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Table of contents

FOREWORD Richard Florida 8 INTRODUCTION Paul Knox 10 THE FOUNDATIONAL CITY Lily Leontidou, Guido Martinotti 16 Core cities Athens and Rome Secondary cities Knossos, Santorini, Sparta, Pella, Syracuse, Marseille, Alexandria, Constantinople, Babylon THE NETWORKED CITY Raf Verbruggen, Michael Hoyler, Peter Taylor 34 Core cities Augsburg, London, Venice, Florence, Innsbruck, Lubeck, Bruges, Paris, Ghent THE IMPERIAL CITY Asil Ceylan Oner 52 Core city Istanbul Secondary cities Rome, St. Petersburg, Vienna, London, Beijing THE INDUSTRIAL CITY Jane Clossick 70 Core city Manchester Secondary cities Berlin, Chicago, Detroit, Dusseldorf, Glasgow, Sheffield THE RATIONAL CITY Andrew Herod 88 Core city Paris Secondary cities Vienna, New York, London, Budapest, Washington, D.C. THE GLOBAL CITY Ben Derudder, Peter Taylor, Michael Hoyler, Frank Witlox 106 Core cities London and New York Secondary cities Frankfurt, San Francisco, Geneva, Mumbai, Nairobi THE CELEBRITY CITY Elizabeth Currid-Halkett 124 Core city Los Angeles Secondary cities New York, London, Milan, Mumbai, Las Vegas THE MEGACITY Jan Nijman, Michael Shin 140 Core city Mumbai Seconday cities Cairo, Mexico City, Jakarta, Karachi, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, New York THE INSTANT CITY Lucia Cony-Cidade 158 Core city Brasilia Secondary cities Abuja, Chandigarh, Canberra THE TRANSNATIONAL CITY Jan Nijman, Michael Shin 176 Core city Miami Secondary cities Vancouver, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Dublin, Los Angeles THE CREATIVE CITY Paul Knox 194 Core city Milan Secondary cities Paris, New York, London, Portland, Los Angeles THE GREEN CITY Heike Mayer 210 Core city Freiburg Secondary cities Stockholm, Portland, Curitiba, Masdar City, Gussing, Wildpoldsried THE INTELLIGENT CITY Kevin C. Desouza 226 Core city London Secondary cities Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York, Singapore, Seoul, San Francisco, Chicago, Sydney, Vienna APPENDICES Glossary 224 Resources 246 Contributors 250 Index 252 Acknowledgements 256
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"The Atlas of Cities is a major contribution to our understanding of the place of cities in today's world. This is a new type of map. It does what words alone cannot do; it makes visible the thick patterns that are cutting across old divides."--Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and author of Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy
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Winner of the 2014 AAG Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography, Association of American Geographers One of The Globe and Mail 75 Book Ideas for Christmas 2014 "This fascinating survey effectively complemented and enriched by color maps, charts, and illustrations, celebrates the urban landscape's past, present, and potential for the future. Intended for the general reader, Knox's reference is recommended to anyone interested in urban studies and geography."--Library Journal (Starred Review) "[T]he large format of this coffee-table book provides room for a stunning abundance of photographs, charts, graphs, maps, and other enhancements that make Atlas of Cities as much a visual experience as a narrative one."--Ray Bert, Civil Engineering "This elegantly illustrated volume is a feast of maps and graphics... Geographers, sociologists, architects, and urban planners have contributed clear thematic chapters, and the result is a book that will encourage readers to think differently about many cities, including their own."--Graeme Wood, Pacific Standard "A cartographic buffet that lays out how our metropolises came to be and what makes them tick."--John King, San Francisco Chronicle "[T]his is a volume that could excite exploration of those more flexible sources, and its prose, design and illustration will surely achieve that for some who come across it--perhaps in libraries or classrooms."--Alan Mabin, Urban Africa "A lavish, exhaustive look at the history, transformation, and future of urban centres around the globe. The perfect book for the Richard Florida--who, coincidentally, wrote the foreword--in your life."--Globe and Mail "Much more than a book. Through innovative maps, charts, info-graphics and tables, Atlas lays out the cycles of consumption, creation, and decay that drive the living spaces that will soon house three-fourths of the human race, up from today's half. This book doesn't tell you about cities, it lets you understand them."--Dan Bischoff, Newark Star-Ledger "This atlas does not graph the usual geographic shapes of cities, but tries to diagram the many other dimensions within cities around the world. Taking example from many specific cities (such as Istanbul, or Cairo) it tries to dissect, almost like an x-ray, the many organs, tissues, cells, and anatomy of a typical city... This book will likely illuminate your world."--Kevin Kelly, Wink "The kind of book I imagine anyone in the field of Urban Studies would like to own... Atlas of Cities is not just a well-edited book full of useful didactical maps but also the kind of book that the members of our map-loving species want to have."--Manuel B, Aalbers, Urban Studies
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About Richard Florida

Paul Knox is University Distinguished Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning and codirector of the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His many books include Palimpsests: Biographies of 50 City Districts, Cities and Design, and Urban Social Geography.
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