The Lure of the City

The Lure of the City : From Slums to Suburbs

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Cities, by their very nature, are a mass of contradictions. They can be at once visually stunning, culturally rich, exploitative and unforgiving. In The Lure of the City Austin Williams and Alastair Donald explore the potential of cities to meet the economic, social and political challenges of the current age.

This book seeks to examine the dynamics of urban life, showing that new opportunities can be maximised and social advances realised in existing and emerging urban centres. The book explores both the planned and organic nature of urban developments and the impacts and aspirations of the people who live and work in them. It argues convincingly that the metropolitan mindset is essential to the struggle for human liberation.

The short, accessibly written essays are guaranteed to spark debate across the media and academia about the place of cities and urban life in our ever-changing world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745331777
  • 9780745331775
  • 1,200,565

Table of contents

Introduction: The Paradoxical City by Alastair Donald

1. The Dynamic City: Citizens Make Cities by Alan Hudson

2. The Emerging City: Africa's Metropolitan Mindset by Alastair Donald

3. The Crowded City: People on the Move by Patrick Hayes

4. The Planned City: Make No Little Plans by Michael Owens

5. The Historic City: False Urban Memory Syndrome by Steve Nash and Austin Williams

6. The Sanitised City: If You've Done Nothing Wrong... by Tony Pierce and Austin Williams

7. The Eco-City: Utopia, Then and Now by Austin Williams

8. The Visionary City: Things Will Endure Less than Us by Austin Williams and Karl Sharro

Conclusion: The Civilised City by Austin Williams
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Review quote

'This collection breaks some unconventional ground, a welcome event given the grip of orthodoxy about cities so mindlessly accepted today' -- Joel Kotkin, author of The City: A Global History (2005) 'Timely, lucid and provocative' -- Tim Marlow, broadcaster and director of Exhibitions at White Cube in London 'This book opens a debate as it allows the readers to reconsider their own prejudices and preferences' -- Will Alsop, OBE, architect and adjunct professor, Ontario College of Art and Design 'Out from under the dead weight of conventional wisdom and eco-gloom emerges a clear-eyed vision of cities that is celebrated in this book' -- Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist (2010)
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About Austin Williams

Austin Williams is author of The Enemies of Progress (Societas, 2008) and co-editor of The Future of Community (Pluto, 2009) and The Lure of the City (Pluto, 2008). He is the founder of ManTownHuman, director of the Future Cities Project and convenor of the infamous 'Bookshop Barnies' book discussions. Alastair Donald is researching Urban Systems and Metropolitan Design at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge. He is co-editor of The Future of Community (Pluto, 2009) and The Lure of the City (Pluto, 2011).
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