A History of Future Cities

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9780393078121: A History of Future Cities

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"An intimate, canny comparative study of four of the great world cities-St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai and Dubai... [With an] accessible, entertaining generalist's perspective ... Brook looks at these metropolises as a testament to human imagination and as a barometer of future promise... Enormously elucidating and relevant." -- Kirkus Reviews "In these deft portraits of St. Petersburg, Russia; Bombay, India; Shanghai, China; and Dubai, UAE; journalist Brook (The Trap) artfully condenses and illustrates three centuries of revolutionary urban development and globalizing impulses." "'Instant cities' like Shenzhen, China, may seem like twenty-first-century twins of 'disposable cities' like rust-belt Camden, New Jersey. But in this probing new book that is at once both charming and reflective, Daniel Brook tells the story of urban hybrids conceived to fuse Western cosmopolitanism and local culture. His close but never pedantic reading of these metropolises puts the city back at the center of our vision, reminding us that in new and old towns alike, the urban amalgam of creativity, diversity, and mobility offers a key that not only unlocks the past but also opens the door to our future." -- Benjamin R. Barber, senior research scholar, Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of Jihad vs. McWorld and Strong Democracy

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"[A History of Future Cities] offers a rich panorama of the mechanisms at work in cities which may one day displace London, Paris and New York as the torchbearers of progress. As such, it deserves our full attention." Literary Review "Daniel Brook tells a fast moving story, filling in much of the political history of each city along the way." History Today "an interesting addition to the debate about the importance of cities, the contradictions they embody and the creative potential of human beings." Socialist Review "...there is much to enjoy in this timely and accessible contribution to our debates on the future of the city." RIBAJ "A History of Future Citiesremains a delicious read..." Time Out Mumbai "...he [Brook] marshals well-known facts with great facility into exciting narratives that steer us from each city's origin, through cycles of boom and bust, to its present state." Caravan

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Descripción WW Norton Co, United States, 2013. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 240 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Every month, five million people move from the past to the future. Pouring into developing-world instant cities like Dubai and Shenzhen, these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never seen. Do these fantastical boomtowns, where blueprints spring to life overnight on virgin land, represent the dawning of a brave new world? Or is their vaunted newness a mirage? In a captivating blend of history and reportage, Daniel Brook travels to a series of major metropolitan hubs that were once themselves instant cities- St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Mumbai-to watch their dress rehearsals for the twenty-first century. Understanding today s emerging global order, he argues, requires comprehending the West s profound and conflicted influence on developing-world cities over the centuries. In 1703, Tsar Peter the Great personally oversaw the construction of a new Russian capital, a window on the West carefully modeled on Amsterdam, that he believed would wrench Russia into the modern world. In the nineteenth century, Shanghai became the fastest-growing city on earth as it mushroomed into an English-speaking, Western-looking metropolis that just happened to be in the Far East. Meanwhile, Bombay, the cosmopolitan hub of the British Raj, morphed into a tropical London at the hands of its pith-helmeted imperialists. Juxtaposing the stories of the architects and authoritarians, the artists and revolutionaries who seized the reins to transform each of these precociously modern places into avatars of the global future, Brook demonstrates that the drive for modernization was initially conflated with wholesale Westernization. He shows, too, the ambiguous legacy of that emulation-the birth (and rebirth) of Chinese capitalism in Shanghai, the origins of Bollywood in Bombay s American-style movie palaces, the combustible mix of revolutionary culture and politics that rocked the Russian capital-and how it may be transcended today. A fascinating, vivid look from the past out toward the horizon, A History of Future Cities is both a crucial reminder of globalization s long march and an inspiring look into the possibilities of our Asian Century. Nº de ref. de la librería AAH9780393078121

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