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An in-depth investigation of the developments of urban environments and how we are affected by it The City in Mind is a far-reaching discourse on the history and current state of urban life. Kunstler reflects on various and diverse cities across the world and investigates the nature and character of their city lives. From London to Mexico City, he takes an in-depth look at each city's history, development and state of architectural and societal success. Other cities explored include Rome, Berlin and Paris. In his investigations, he discovers a disparate Europe with its mix of pre-industrial creativity, war-marked reminders of the twentieth century, and the architectural aftermath of World War II, modernism, and for some, the Cold War. In his discussions on Western culture, Kunstler expands the notions of urbanism first discussed by Jane Jacobs. His examination of cities is at once a concise history of their urban lives and a detailed criticism of how those histories have either aided or hindered the social and civil progress of the cities' occupants.

Review:

"An absolutely brilliant collection of essays on cities and why they do and don't work through time and around the globe." Kevin Baker, author of Paradise Alley

Synopsis:

The highly opinionated author of "The Geography of Nowhere" now turns his attention to eight cities here and abroad, issuing an engaging report on their state at the turn of the new century. 15 illustrations.

Synopsis:

In the highly acclaimed andlt;Iandgt;The Geography of Nowhere,andlt;/Iandgt; James Howard Kunstler declared suburbia "a tragic landscape" and fueled a fierce debate over how we will live in twenty-first-century America. Here, Kunstler turns his discerning eye to urban life in America and beyond in dazzling excursions to classical Rome, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, Louis-Napoleon's Paris, the "gigantic hairball" that is contemporary Atlanta, the ludicrous spectacle of Las Vegas, and more. Seeking to discover what is constant and enduring in cities at their greatest, Kunstler explores how America got lost in suburban wilderness and locates pathways that might lead to civic revival. His authoritative tour is both a concise history of cities and a stunning critique of how they can aid or hinder social and civil progress. By turns dramatic and comic, andlt;Iandgt;The City in Mindandlt;/Iandgt; is an exceptional glimpse into the urban condition.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;James Howard Kunstlerandlt;/Bandgt; is the author of two previous nonfiction books, andlt;Iandgt;The Geography of Nowhereandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Home from Nowhere,andlt;/Iandgt; and eight novels. His articles appear regularly in andlt;Iandgt;The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Slate,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Metropolis.andlt;/Iandgt;

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

PARIS The Achievements of Napoleon III and Georges Eugène Haussman

ATLANTA Does Edge City Have a Future?

MEXICO CITY The End of the World and Other Cataclysms

BERLIN The Paradoxes of History

LAS VEGAS Utopia of Clowns

ROME In Search of the Classical

BOSTON Overcoming History and Modernism

LONDON Landscape as the Cure for Cities

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743227230
Author:
Kunstler, James Howard
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10-15 illustrations andamp; line drawing
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.575 oz

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"Review" by , "An absolutely brilliant collection of essays on cities and why they do and don't work through time and around the globe." Kevin Baker, author of Paradise Alley
"Synopsis" by , The highly opinionated author of "The Geography of Nowhere" now turns his attention to eight cities here and abroad, issuing an engaging report on their state at the turn of the new century. 15 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , In the highly acclaimed andlt;Iandgt;The Geography of Nowhere,andlt;/Iandgt; James Howard Kunstler declared suburbia "a tragic landscape" and fueled a fierce debate over how we will live in twenty-first-century America. Here, Kunstler turns his discerning eye to urban life in America and beyond in dazzling excursions to classical Rome, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, Louis-Napoleon's Paris, the "gigantic hairball" that is contemporary Atlanta, the ludicrous spectacle of Las Vegas, and more. Seeking to discover what is constant and enduring in cities at their greatest, Kunstler explores how America got lost in suburban wilderness and locates pathways that might lead to civic revival. His authoritative tour is both a concise history of cities and a stunning critique of how they can aid or hinder social and civil progress. By turns dramatic and comic, andlt;Iandgt;The City in Mindandlt;/Iandgt; is an exceptional glimpse into the urban condition.
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