The Anxious City / Edition 1

The Anxious City / Edition 1

by Richard J. Williams
     
 

In the Western world, cities have arguably never been more anxious: practical anxieties about personal safety and metaphysical anxieties about the uncertain place of the city in culture are the small change of journalism and political debate. Cities have long been regarded as problems, in need of drastic solutions. In this context, the contemporary revival of

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Overview

In the Western world, cities have arguably never been more anxious: practical anxieties about personal safety and metaphysical anxieties about the uncertain place of the city in culture are the small change of journalism and political debate. Cities have long been regarded as problems, in need of drastic solutions. In this context, the contemporary revival of city centres is remarkable. But in a culture that largely fears the urban, how can the contemporary city be imagined? How is it supposed to be used or inhabited? What does it mean? Taking England since WWII as its principal focus, this provocative and original book considers the Western city at a critical moment in its history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415279260
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication Foreword by Anthony Vidler Acknowledgements 1: The Anxious City 2: The Picturesque City 3: The Free City 4: The Mediterranean City 5: The City in Ruins 6: The Architecture of Civility 7: America, E14 8: The Museum, The City, and the Space of Flows 9: The Spectacle of Pleasure 10: Staging the City Bibliography

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