Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
Lloyd Eby andlt;Iandgt;The World and Iandlt;/Iandgt; Kunstler's acerbic opinions and mastery of the apposite phrase, occurring on nearly every page, make for exhilarating reading.
Sam Morris andlt;Iandgt;San Francisco Chronicleandlt;/Iandgt; Kunstler brings a real-world practicality that's lacking in too many books about cities. He's a thorough reporter, with a lively style.
Michael Fainelli andlt;Iandgt;The Christian Science Monitorandlt;/Iandgt; Disturbing others' sense of normality is something Kunstler does well...everyone who knows his work acknowledges his power to wake up a crowd.
andlt;Iandgt;The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionandlt;/Iandgt; Kunstler has given thousands of ordinary Americans a vocabulary for articulating what they love and loathe about their surroundings.
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.
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
andlt;Bandgt;Contentsandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Prefaceandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;PARISandlt;/Iandgt; The Achievements of Napoleon III and Georges Eugand#232;ne Haussmanandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;ATLANTAandlt;/Iandgt; Does Edge City Have a Future?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;MEXICO CITYandlt;/Iandgt; The End of the World and Other Cataclysmsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;BERLINandlt;/Iandgt; The Paradoxes of Historyandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;LAS VEGASandlt;/Iandgt; Utopia of Clownsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;ROMEandlt;/Iandgt; In Search of the Classicalandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;BOSTONandlt;/Iandgt; Overcoming History and Modernismandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;LONDONandlt;/Iandgt; Landscape as the Cure for Citiesandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Notesandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Index