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

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17.78mm | 294.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white line drawings, figures
  • 0745331785
  • 9780745331782

Table of contents

Introduction: The Paradoxical City Alastair Donald 1. The Dynamic City: Citizens Make Cities Alan Hudson 2. The Emerging City: Africa's Metropolitan Mindset Alastair Donald 3. The Crowded City: People on the Move Patrick Hayes 4. The Planned City: Make No Little Plans Michael Owens 5. The Historic City: False Urban Memory Syndrome Steve Nash and Austin Williams 6. The Sanitised City: If You've Done Nothing Wrong... Tony Pierce and Austin Williams 7. The Eco-City: Utopia, Then and Now Austin Williams 8. The Visionary City: Things Will Endure Less than Us Austin Williams and Karl Sharro Conclusion: The Civilised City Austin Williams
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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: how cities evolve, uncommanded and unplanned; why people move into them, in search of opportunities; and how the intelligentsia has misread them over the years. A fascinating collection of essays -- Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist (2010) 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 Timely, lucid and provocative. -- Tim Marlow, broadcaster and director of Exhibitions at White Cube in London 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)
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About Austin Williams

Austin Williams is author of The Enemies of Progress (2008) and co-editor of The Future of Community (Pluto, 2009). 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).
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