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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If you’re looking for a good starting point for Cities – an introduction to urban centres – Kotkin’s The City is a pretty decent choice.
The City: A Global History – Joel Kotkin
As this book will argue, three critical factors have determined the overall health of cities— the sacredness of place, the ability to provide security and project power, and last, the animating role of commerce.
Jun 25, John Gurney rated it really liked it.
If you know anything about history than you should probably just skim it. Susan Barnes-Gelt Denver Post. This book involves in the progress of how cities formed from the ancient time until the recent event with inclusion of different city influenced by other than western values.
This concise history of cities, from early civilization’s Uruk to Mumbai, Lagos and Houston, flows in lucid and cogent writing. In this authoritative and engagingly written account, the acclaimed urbanist and bestselling author examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia and, in doing so, attempts to 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 ingenuity, beliefs, and ideals: December 31, Last Update: The topic proves too massive for the page pamphlet.
He lives in North Hollywood, California. I was interested in this author because he avoids the usual intellectual’s bias against suburban life. Kotkin lays out his theory of what constitutes a successful city: He recommends conur This concise history of cities, from early civilization’s Uruk to Mumbai, Lagos and Houston, flows in lucid and cogent writing.
This was true five thousand years ago, when cities represented a tiny portion of humanity, and in this century, the first in which the majority live in cities. Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: The other pages are just descriptions of cities. Mar 07, Nicholas Goodfellow rated it really liked it. Latest Activity at NewGeography. Overall, this book makes for somewhat ominous reading. This was a good quick read on cities and their evolution and things that make them successful.
The author has opinions, which are clearly stated. In only pages, the cit covers a very broad temporal and geographical scale: This book is a worthwhile look at the ways that human cities have behaved, as a way of pointing out how the heavenly city exceeds them all, but still responds to the needs of people nevertheless.
Topics Hea lth Care. In The City, Kotkin takes us on a brisk and invigorating tour of cities from the Babylon of ancient times to the burgeoning exurbs of today. Un libro ambicioso que cubre la historia de la Ciudad y el asentamiento urbano.
The City: A Global History
The book explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. Apart from that there is minimal critical and analytic assessment done in the book.
I gained an appreciation for Tokyo’s role in the industrialization of Japan, and the disruptive effect upon German culture by the explosive growth of Ber This was enjoyable as a driving-around audio book. A short and accessible introduction to the City. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.
Jan 11, Steve rated it liked it. Mar 25, Luke rated it liked it. From their beginning, cities have been parasitic in a fashion, ruled by elites who have sought to combine elements of sacred space and commercial space while providing security, and at best cities have provided a home for the sort of cultured people who help make art possible as well as provide for trade and education and scientific development.
It was interesting to listen and listen I did, on audio kotmin the narrator describe the spread eve Very informative history of The City, from the first recorded kotikn of Ur through the cities of kotjin developing country on each continent, and spreading to America — NY, Detroit, Chicago, etc.
After a while, the rise and fall of one mega-city after another becomes repetitious and indistinct. Apr 14, Choong Chiat rated it liked it. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide Legatum study focusing on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City; as well as other studies of New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston and St. I think the problem for me was the lack of depth.
The City surveys the development of urban centres over the ages and across various geographies and cultural milieux; the classical cities in Europe e. Sacredness of Place Security Commerce These are the pillars Kotkin identifies as makers or breakers of cities. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A Kokin History, a synoptic history of cities coming from Random House next month that I quite admire. What makes a great city? This book was way to underdeveloped.
Small villages developed for hunters and artisans after the Ice Age as stock breeding and agriculture lead to a more sedentary life.
Aspiring urban scholars, former urban scholars in need of a refresher course, and anyone with even a passing interest in the urban built form will find The City: Close Nav Search Close Search search.
Thus this is a sort of encyclopedia type with minimal interference from the writer and such a great book for a beginner or the masses. Nov 23, Yijun Jessie rated it it was amazing.
Por supuesto que el libro relata la historia y no se detiene en las causas profundas de cada una de las ciudades trabajadas pero hay numerosas notas y referencias para el lector que quiera profundizar en el Un libro ambicioso que cubre la historia de la Ciudad y el asentamiento urbano.
I think the book could have been so much more enriching with a more thorough discussion of the subject. Commerce — people can make a better living 3.
It is also why I enjoyed it – In some ways I think the compartmentalized chapters are a courteous gesture in that they inform the reader about what she might look for if the topic of cities inspires further inquiry, without harping.