The Art of City Making

The Art of City Making

by Charles Landry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844072452

ISBN-13: 9781844072453

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

City-making is an art, not a formula. The skills required to re-enchant the city are far wider than the conventional ones like architecture, engineering and land-use planning. There is no simplistic, ten-point plan, but strong principles can help send good city-making on its way. The vision for 21st century cities must be to be the most imaginative cities for the

Overview

City-making is an art, not a formula. The skills required to re-enchant the city are far wider than the conventional ones like architecture, engineering and land-use planning. There is no simplistic, ten-point plan, but strong principles can help send good city-making on its way. The vision for 21st century cities must be to be the most imaginative cities for the world rather than in the world. This one change of word - from 'in' to 'for' - gives city-making an ethical foundation and value base. It helps cities become places of solidarity where the relations between the individual, the group, outsiders to the city and the planet are in better alignment.

Following the widespread success of The Creative City, this new book, aided by international case studies, explains how to reassess urban potential so that cities can strengthen their identity and adapt to the changing global terms of trade and mass migration. It explores the deeper fault-lines, paradoxes and strategic dilemmas that make creating the 'good city'so difficult.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844072453
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Overture
• Cityness is Everywhere
• Part II: The Sensory Landscape of Cities
• Sensescapes Part III: Unhinged and Unbalanced
• The City as a Guzzling Beast
• Urban Logistics
• The Geography of Misery
• The Geography of Desire
• The Geography of Blandness
• Part IV: Repertoires and Resistance
• Urban Repertoires
• Urban Resonance
• Borrowing the Landscape
• Urban Rituals
• A Coda: Urban Resistances
• Part V: The Complicated and the Complex
• The Forces of Change: Unscrambling Complexity
• Aligning Professional Mindsets
• Opening Mindsets and the Professions
• Blindspots in City-Making
• Part VI: The City as a Living Work of Art
• Re-enchanting the city
• Rethinking calculations of worth: The asphalt currency
• Reconceiving the city
• Remapping the city
• Redelineating urban roles
• Retelling the story
• Part VII: Creative Cities for the World
• Ethics and creativity
• The Management of Fragility: Creativity and the City
• Ten ideas to start the creative city process
• Part VIII: Endpiece
• 'Why I Think What I Think' *

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