The Endless City: The Urban Age Project by the London School of Economics and Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society

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More and more people are moving into towns and cities to live and work, which is altering the urban/rural balance of countries worldwide. THE ENDLESS CITY is an unparalleled study of the growth of six of the world's international cities (New York, Shanghai, London, Mexico City, Johannesburg, and Berlin), exploring key structural, social, and economic factors. This book was overseen by the London School of Economics, and features extensive research and coherent texts by world-renowned professionals in the field of...
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Overview

More and more people are moving into towns and cities to live and work, which is altering the urban/rural balance of countries worldwide. THE ENDLESS CITY is an unparalleled study of the growth of six of the world's international cities (New York, Shanghai, London, Mexico City, Johannesburg, and Berlin), exploring key structural, social, and economic factors. This book was overseen by the London School of Economics, and features extensive research and coherent texts by world-renowned professionals in the field of urban planning and development. The information is presented in a comprehensive and visually compelling sequence, enabling quick and efficient reference as well as offering material that is exciting to study. Each city is examined individually in its own chapter as well as being analyzed comparatively in an observational chapter. THE ENDLESS CITY is authoritatively edited by Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic in collaboration with the London School of Economics and the Urban Age Project, an expanding international organization seeking a new urban agenda for global cities.
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The continuing growth of many major cities worldwide-already very, very big-is an exciting prospect for many reasons but, if left unchecked, is sure to inflict social, economic and environmental trauma. This book focuses on six cities-New York, Shanghai, Mexico City, Berlin, Johannesburg and London-to address, from an urban planning and design perspective, how best they can deal. Loaded with data and vivid images, the authors present essays from a number of sources looking at key social issues in each city (Shanghai's rapid urban transformation, Apartheid's legacy in Johannesburg) and compare the six cities across a number of axes, including areas of relative social disadvantage and subway length. Sudjic's impressive "Governing the Ungovernable" sees in London's building boom "a unique opportunity to see the tensions and fault lines between... a centralized vision and laissez-faire." Some essays are a bit less enlightening, but the tome coheres beautifully around a plethora of photos with extended captions, finding both chaos and potential in a blissfully green park in Shanghai, an endlessly repeating housing project in Mexico City and a busy corner in the Sourth Bronx. This sprawling introduction to the challenges of contemporary urban planning should fascinate students and technically-minded city dwellers. 1,500 color and 400 b/w illustrations.
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Human society recently reached a historic watershed: more people today are living in cities than outside of them, a trend that is expected to continue. Edited by Burdett (coauthor, Building the BBC: A Return to Form) and Sudjic (John Pawson Works), this hefty book is part of the Urban Age Project, introduced here as "a worldwide series of conferences investigating the future of cities" and organized by the London School of Economics and the Deutsche Bank's nonprofit Alfred Herrhausen Society. Thirty conference participants contributed essays to this collection, mostly examining the host cities: Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, New York City, and Shanghai. Some comparative statistical data on these cities are provided, and further essays highlight general urban issues, such as security and environmental sustainability. There is also a section showcasing "interventions," or successful urban initiatives. Among the authors are academics, architects, curators, engineers, politicians, and urban planners from various nations. It's clear that building successful cities is a collaborative art, and these commentators are trying to steer citizens and policymakers in positive directions. With 1900 photos and graphics, most in color; recommended for academic and large public libraries.
—David R. Conn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714859569
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2010
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

RICKY BURDETT is Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is an advisor on architecture to the mayor of London, the BBC, and the Tate Organisations. He was Director of the 10th Venice Architectural Biennale (2006). DEJAN SUDJIC was formerly editor of BLUEPRINT and DOMUS magazines, and Director of 'Glasgow 1999: UK City of Architecture and Design' and the Venice Architectural Biennale 2002. He is architecture critic of the Observer, and he has written many books, including THE 100 MILE CITY (1992), BLADE OF LIGHT: THE STORY OF LONDON'S MILLENNIUM BRIDGE (2002), and RON ARAD, published by Phaidon.
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