May 20, In gentle rebuke to those who never saw the good side of a city, urbanist and commentator Kotkin (The New Geography, , etc.) looks at the. If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s. The City has ratings and 49 reviews. Fredösphere said: This was enjoyable as a driving-around audio book. My interest is in civic design–what works.
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From the Hardcover edition. He writes a monthly… More about Joel Kotkin.
More of ojel random collection of historical sketches of ancient towns than a proper book. Commerce — people can make a better living 3.
The First Shots in the Climate Wars. Security — people can safely move about 2. Joel Kotkin, an internationally recognized expert on the economic, social and political trends of cities, knows what makes cities grow, what makes them die, and what it takes to make them worth living in. Joek was a good read on the history of cities. Urbanism for the Rest of UsTribes: I actually only got through half of this one because it made me contemplate indications of the fall of America a all these other amazing cities had fallen and with the state of affairs i could not handle this doom and gloom.
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As mentioned by Kotkin, the primary purpose of this book is to attract people further exploring the fundamentals of urban experience and to appreciate the complexity of cities.
Check out Healing American Democracy: A good, easy, read, like a children’s encycloepaedia — full of fun facts and sharp observations. Bob Lanier Mayor of Houston, They represent the most eloquent expression of our fity ingenuity, beliefs and ideals.
He lives in North Hollywood, California. Books by Joel Kotkin. He writes a monthly column in The New York Times and has written four previous books.
From Babylon and Rome to London, New York and Tokyo, Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia in kotjin to establish what made – and makes – a I think jofl problem for me was the lack of depth. A highly respected speaker and futurist, he consults for many leading economic development organizations, private companies, regions, and cities.
Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: Join in the conversation at Facebook. Go to your local bookstore and enjoy the 20 good pages over a cup of coffee.
However, it will be a short and enjoyable read for the general public to obtain a comprehensive introduction to global city history. From their beginning, cities have been parasitic in a fashion, ruled by elites who have sought to kkotkin elements of sacred space and commercial space while providing security, and at best cities have provided kotkun home for the sort of cultured people who help make art possible as well as provide for trade and education and scientific development.
No fluff, just a straight chronology and analysis.
Jul 10, Liam rated it really liked it. Not to live in an apartment! Kotkin’s book also discusses the evolution of the roles of cities over the ages, from their origins as sacred centres e. This is an easy-to-read overview of the invention and growth of cities. Urban retail on a modern scale first appeared here, in This is an interesting handbook to the evolution of cities and the urban form. City Journal is a publication of Manhattan Institute. A noted French theologian Jacques Ellul once said that since the fall, man has been trying to create ordered heaven that has been lost, and that is man-made city.
He is also a distinguished presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in Orange, California, a senior visiting fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore, and a fellow at the National Chamber Foundation.
Jun 29, francesca rated it really liked it.