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The Urban Future : A Manifesto for Cities

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Corporate power, loss of public space, bureaucratic hierarchies, and rising inequality are characteristics of the complex and persistent global crises faced by cities today. In this book, Paul Chatterton challenges the ways in which contemporary cities are locked in to unsustainable and damaging practices, while laying down markers for alternative urban futures.Chatterton explores the power of rapidly emerging constellations of connected grassroots experiments that harness the creative power of the many, focusing on five themes that shape the radical process of unlocking the city: compassion, imagination, experimentation, co-production and transformation; and six city systems: transportation, energy, economy, community, democracy, and nature. A range of creative urban activities in diverse locations are explored, from transforming abandoned public spaces in marginalised communities through establishing libraries, lunch rooms, and health and recreational centres in Mexico City, to HackerMoms in Berkeley: the first-ever women's hackerspace where do-it-your-selfers share tools, intelligence and community. Chatterton's persuasive radical manifesto for cities provides global grassroots movements with a toolkit to help them enact the urgent change that lies in the realisation of an alternative urban future.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745337015
  • 9780745337012

Table of contents

Introduction: Glimpses of Urban Futures 1. Car-free City 2. Post-carbon City 3. Common City 4. De-growth City 5. Mutual City 6. Bio-city 7. Think Big, Act Small, Start Nowshow more

About Paul Chatterton

Paul Chatterton is a writer, activist and researcher. He is currently Professor of Urban Futures in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds.show more