Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331775 Published November 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745331782 Published November 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs

Edited by Austin Williams and Alastair Donald

The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs

Edited by Austin Williams and Alastair Donald

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5.07874 x 7.79528
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331775 Published November 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745331782 Published November 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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.

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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