A History of Future Cities

Author: Daniel Brook
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 039308924X
Category: Social Science
Page: 480
View: 5700
One of The Washington Post's "Favorite Books of 2013" A pioneering exploration of four cities where East meets West and past becomes future: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai. Every month, five million people move from the past to the future. Pouring into developing-world “instant cities” like Dubai and Shenzhen, these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never seen. Do these fantastical boomtowns, where blueprints spring to life overnight on virgin land, represent the dawning of a brave new world? Or is their vaunted newness a mirage? In a captivating blend of history and reportage, Daniel Brook travels to a series of major metropolitan hubs that were once themselves instant cities— St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Mumbai—to watch their “dress rehearsals for the twenty-first century.” Understanding today’s emerging global order, he argues, requires comprehending the West’s profound and conflicted influence on developing-world cities over the centuries. In 1703, Tsar Peter the Great personally oversaw the construction of a new Russian capital, a “window on the West” carefully modeled on Amsterdam, that he believed would wrench Russia into the modern world. In the nineteenth century, Shanghai became the fastest-growing city on earth as it mushroomed into an English-speaking, Western-looking metropolis that just happened to be in the Far East. Meanwhile, Bombay, the cosmopolitan hub of the British Raj, morphed into a tropical London at the hands of its pith-helmeted imperialists. Juxtaposing the stories of the architects and authoritarians, the artists and revolutionaries who seized the reins to transform each of these precociously modern places into avatars of the global future, Brook demonstrates that the drive for modernization was initially conflated with wholesale Westernization. He shows, too, the ambiguous legacy of that emulation—the birth (and rebirth) of Chinese capitalism in Shanghai, the origins of Bollywood in Bombay’s American-style movie palaces, the combustible mix of revolutionary culture and politics that rocked the Russian capital—and how it may be transcended today. A fascinating, vivid look from the past out toward the horizon, A History of Future Cities is both a crucial reminder of globalization’s long march and an inspiring look into the possibilities of our Asian Century.

A History of Future Cities

Author: Daniel Brook
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393078124
Category: Social Science
Page: 457
View: 4141
An exploration of four cities that reflect a blend of Eastern and Western cultures traces the historical threads connecting St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai while discussing their conflicted embrace of modernity.

A History of Future Cities

Author: Daniel Brook
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: History
Page: 480
View: 8872
A pioneering exploration of four cities that reflect a blend of Eastern and Western cultures traces the historical threads connecting the regions of St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai and Dubai while offering insight into their conflicted embrace of modernity and the roles of architects, revolutionaries and other contributors in their transformations. By the author of The Trap. 13,000 first printing.

Future Cities: All That Matters

Author: Camilla Ween
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 144419612X
Category: Architecture
Page: 160
View: 7165
In Future Cities: All that Matters Camilla Ween will outline the challenges of meeting the anticipated growth of world cities over the next few decades. By 2030 it is predicted that between 80-90 % of the world's population will be living in cities, in several countries this will be 100%; Singapore is already classified as having a 100% urban population. There will be many cities with populations of over 20 million. The infrastructure required to support these cities will be a massive challenge for city planners and governments. Never in the history of civilisation has the need to deliver so much been so urgent - and with dwindling world resources. Tackling the challenges will be further complicated by pressure to develop solutions that are sustainable and include climate change mitigation measures. Some advocate geo-engineering - the large-scale engineering and manipulation of the world's environment e.g. ocean fertilisation to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, as the answer to tackling climate change. Others see this as a doomsday scenario and believe the solution lies in behaviour adaptation, changing the way we live and making do with less. Despite the difficulties, the book will chart how some cities are already tackling the problems, policies that are emerging to meet these challenges and will highlight innovations that are currently being explored.

Closer Together

This Is the Future of Cities
Author: Alexander Ståhle
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 9188369080
Category: Cities and towns
Page: N.A
View: 9653
Cities are growing faster than ever before, but why? Because they foster proximity. Nearness to work, friends and culture has always been a driving force in urban development, from the first cities in which people walked everywhere to today's car-powered cities with their scattered suburbs, highways and narrow pavements. Many scholars, politicians and civic groups are beginning to question the way cities are adapted to car traffic as it causes distance rather than proximity. As a result, a radical urban transformation has begun. What will the cities of the future look like? How will we live our lives and how will new technologies - self-driving cars for example - and new city planning ideals affect urban development? What would happen in the event of a major fuel shortage or climate change? Closer Together presents a unique future study and trend analysis developed by 400 experts and scholars. Three potential scenarios selected by 5,000 people through their vote in the media are presented via text and images. The result of their vote is as clear as the emerging trend: cities will have to change. They will need to be more condensed and user-friendly for pedestrians and people who travel by bike. Alexander Stahle's book Closer Together explains the political and economic forces and the subcultures that drive change in terms of urban environment and transport, as well as the way cities need to transform in order to bring people closer together and, not least, the way it will bring about greater equality and prosperity.

Industrial Cities

History and Future
Author: Clemens Zimmermann
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593399148
Category: History
Page: 368
View: 7753
Bringing together essays from leading experts who analyze how the landscapes, images, social dynamics, and economies of the industrial city have changed through boom and bust, this volume covers a wide range of subjects, from car cities to steel towns, from visualization of industrial cities in avant-garde art to the role of industrial heritage in urban regeneration. In total, Industrial Cities makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how the past shapes the future; it will be of interest not only to urban and economic historians, but also to social geographers and policy makers.

The Past and Future City

How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities
Author: Stephanie Meeks,Kevin C. Murphy
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 161091709X
Category: Architecture
Page: 351
View: 5210
"In The Past and Future City, Stephanie Meeks, the president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, describes in detail, and with unique empirical research, the many ways that saving and restoring historic fabric can help a city create thriving neighborhoods, good jobs, and a vibrant economy. She explains the critical importance of preservation for all our communities, the ways the historic preservation field has evolved to embrace the challenges of the twenty-first century, and the innovative work being done in the preservation space now"--Provided by publisher.

Market Cities, People Cities

The Shape of Our Urban Future
Author: Michael Oluf Emerson,Kevin T. Smiley
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479800260
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
View: 3978
Introduction: the claim -- How it happens -- Becoming market and people cities -- How government and leaders make cities work -- What residents think, believe, and act on -- Why it matters -- Getting there, being there: transportation and land use -- Environment/economy : and or versus? -- Life together and apart -- Across cities -- To be or not to be -- Acknowledgments -- Methodological appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the authors

Nature in the City

Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future
Author: Harini Nagendra
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019908968X
Category: Social Science
Page: 244
View: 5346
In a rapidly urbanizing India, what is the future of nature conservation? How does the march of development impact the conflict between nature and people in India’s cities? Exploring these questions, Nature in the City examines the past, present and future of nature in Bengaluru, one of India’s largest and fastest growing cities. Once known as the Garden City of India, Bengaluru’s tree-lined avenues, historic parks and expansive water bodies have witnessed immense degradation and destruction in recent years, but have also shown remarkable tenacity for survival. This book charts Bengaluru’s journey from the early settlements in the 6th century CE to the 21st century city and demonstrates how nature has looked and behaved and has been perceived in Bengaluru’s home gardens, slums, streets, parks, sacred spaces and lakes. A fascinating narrative of the changing role and state of nature in the midst of urban sprawl and integrating research with stories of people and places, this book presents an accessible and informative story of a city where nature thrives and strives.

Future city

Author: Roger Elwood
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
View: 2261

Water 4.0

The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource
Author: David Sedlak
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030019935X
Category: Nature
Page: 349
View: 8229
Turn on the faucet, and water pours out. Pull out the drain plug, and the dirty water disappears. Most of us give little thought to the hidden systems that bring us water and take it away when we’re done with it. But these underappreciated marvels of engineering face an array of challenges that cannot be solved without a fundamental change to our relationship with water, David Sedlak explains in this enlightening book. To make informed decisions about the future, we need to understand the three revolutions in urban water systems that have occurred over the past 2,500 years and the technologies that will remake the system.div /DIVdivThe author starts by describing Water 1.0, the early Roman aqueducts, fountains, and sewers that made dense urban living feasible. He then details the development of drinking water and sewage treatment systems—the second and third revolutions in urban water. He offers an insider’s look at current systems that rely on reservoirs, underground pipe networks, treatment plants, and storm sewers to provide water that is safe to drink, before addressing how these water systems will have to be reinvented. For everyone who cares about reliable, clean, abundant water, this book is essential reading./DIV

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (New Edition)

Author: Mike Davis
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1844675688
Category: Political Science
Page: 462
View: 4400
This new edition of Mike Davis’s visionary work gives an update on Los Angeles as the city hits the 21st century. No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where "you can rot without feeling it." To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA's shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity. In this new edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city's current status.

Future Cities

42 Insights and Interviews with Influencers, Startups, Investors (2nd Edition)
Author: Stefano L. Tresca
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780993109546
Page: N.A
View: 1366
Tech and investment trends in smart cities, drones, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, driverless cars, Internet of Things and other innovations that used to be sci-fi just a few years ago. Your Neighborhood Will Never Be the Same By 2030 nearly 70% of the world's population will be residents of a city. That means 3 billion more people will be living in cities in the next 30 years. Our generation is destined to witness an incredible number of new cities and new buildings built to host our new neighbours. Once these cities are built, they won't be built again. And they won't be changed easily either. I've traveled to 23 countries in person and even more than that digitally through my email and Skype. I don't have all the answers - nobody does - but I've collected many tools along the road. These tools may help me and you to understand trends of what's happening, and give us a competitive advantage in this ever-changing world. Enjoy the interviews. I'll be here waiting for your feedback. If you don't agree, I welcome any challenge. This isn't a one-way conversation, after all. This is a global game. - STEFANO L. TRESCA Table of Contents - Your Neighbourhood Will Never Be the Same - The Secret Life of an Uber Driver - Guo Bai (Smart Cities China) - Simon Menashy (MMC Ventures) - The Future Is a Megacity - Minerva Tantoco (New York City CTO) - Milos Milisavljevic (Strawberry Energy) - One Drone in Every Home - Thomas Davies (Seedrs) - Adeo Ressi (Founder Institute) - 3D Printing. Bones, Clothes and the Third Industrial Revolution - Hon. Jerry MacArthur Hultin (Former U.S. Undersecretary of the Navy) - Kyrill Zlobenko (Ecozy) - Sex and Robots: Do Humans Dream of Electric Mates? - Rohit Talwar (Fast Future Research) - Tom Samodol (PayProp) - What Is a Smart City? - Jimmy Garcia-Meza (Investor) - Simone Tarantino (Inspect Manager) - When the Police Invented the Radio (A Short History of the Mobile Network) - Eric van der Kleij (Level39 / Cognicity) - Domenico Colucci (Nextome) - Robots Wont's Just Take Your Jobs - Nicolas Steiner (Fintech Circle) - Patrick Morselli (WeWork) - Where Can I Buy My Knight Rider? Insights on Driverless Cars - Goncalo Agra Amorin (BGI / MIT Portugal) - James Swanston (Voyage Control) - How Millennials Are Going to Reshape the Cities - Nic Shulman (Block Dox) - Michel Willems (BimBimBikes) - Present and Future of the Internet of Things - Laurence Kemball-Cook (Pavegen) - Fabien Girerd (Jooxter) - From the Car Economy to the Internet of Everything - Calum Chace (Author) - Jarkko Hamalainen (Intelle Innovations) - A New Kind of Money Is Reshaping the Cities - Bill Clee & Peter Jaco (Asset Mapping) - Joao Marques Fernandes (CityKeys) - Crowdfunding in Future Cities - Alex Siljanovski (Basestone) - Freddie Talberg (Pie Mapping) - Star Trek Was Wrong (and It's Not a Matter of Technology) - Hamish Watson (Polysolar) - Miguel Rodrigues (Cities2020 Brazil) - Songdo, the Story of an Artificial Creature - Paul Sheedy (Reward Technology) - Justin Lyon (Simudyne) - Future Cities Events and Conferences - Alberto Broggi (VisLab) - Karim Fahssis (ZephyTools) - Future Cities Accelerators and Institutions - Pietro Martani (Copernico) - Sandra Sassow (SEaB) - Horseshoe Nails

Shanghai Future

Modernity Remade
Author: Anna Greenspan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190206691
Category: Philosophy
Page: 256
View: 1353
China is in the midst of the fastest and most intense process of urbanization the world has ever known, and Shanghai -- its biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan city -- is positioned for acceleration into the twenty-first century. Yet, in its embrace of a hopeful -- even exultant -- futurism, Shanghai recalls the older and much criticized project of imagining, planning and building the modern metropolis. Today, among Westerners, at least, the very idea of the futuristic city -- with its multilayered skyways, domestic robots and flying cars -- seems doomed to the realm of nostalgia, the sadly comic promise of a future that failed to materialize. Shanghai Future maps the city of tomorrow as it resurfaces in a new time and place. It searches for the contours of an unknown and unfamiliar futurism in the city's street markets as well as in its skyscrapers. For though it recalls the modernity of an earlier age, Shanghai's current re-emergence is only superficially based on mimicry. Rather, in seeking to fulfill its ambitions, the giant metropolis is reinventing the very idea of the future itself. As it modernizes, Shanghai is necessarily recreating what it is to be modern.

Cities of Tomorrow

An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880
Author: Peter Hall
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118456513
Category: Social Science
Page: 640
View: 5339
Peter Hall’s seminal Cities of Tomorrow remains an unrivalled account of the history of planning in theory and practice, as well as of the social and economic problems and opportunities that gave rise to it. Now comprehensively revised, the fourth edition offers a perceptive, critical, and global history of urban planning and design throughout the twentieth-century and beyond. A revised and updated edition of this classic text from one of the most notable figures in the field of urban planning and design Offers an incisive, insightful, and unrivalled critical history of planning in theory and practice, as well as of the underlying socio-economic challenges and opportunities Comprehensively revised to take account of abundant new research published over the last decade Reviews the development of the modern planning movement over the entire span of the twentieth-century and beyond Draws on global examples throughout, and weaves the author’s own fascinating experiences into the text to illustrate this authoritative story of urban growth

A History of New York in 101 Objects

Author: Sam Roberts
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476728801
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 5785
“Delightfully surprising….A portable virtual museum…an entertaining stroll through the history of one of the world’s great cities” (Kirkus Reviews), told through 101 distinctive objects that span the history of New York, almost all reproduced in luscious, full color. Inspired by A History of the World in 100 Objects, Sam Roberts of The New York Times chose fifty objects that embody the narrative of New York for a feature article in the paper. Many more suggestions came from readers, and so Roberts has expanded the list to 101. Here are just a few of what this keepsake volume offers: -The Flushing Remonstrance, a 1657 petition for religious freedom that was a precursor to the First Amendment to the Constitution. -Beads from the African Burial Ground, 1700s. Slavery was legal in New York until 1827, although many free blacks lived in the city. The African Burial Ground closed in 1792 and was only recently rediscovered. -The bagel, early 1900s. The quintessential and undisputed New York food (excepting perhaps the pizza). -The Automat vending machine, 1912. Put a nickel in the slot and get a cup of coffee or a piece of pie. It was the early twentieth century version of fast food. -The “I Love NY” logo designed by Milton Glaser in 1977 for a campaign to increase tourism. Along with Saul Steinberg’s famous New Yorker cover depicting a New Yorker’s view of the world, it was perhaps the most famous and most frequently reproduced graphic symbol of the time. Unique, sometimes whimsical, always important, A History of New York in 101 Objects is a beautiful chronicle of the remarkable history of the Big Apple. “The story [Sam Roberts] is telling is that of New York, and he nails it” (Daily News, New York).

The Autonomous City

A History of Urban Squatting
Author: Alexander Vasudevan
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1781687870
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
View: 3981
A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, and Vancouver. He looks at the organisation of alternative forms of housing—from Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiana to the squats of the Lower East Side—as well as the official response, including the recent criminalisation of squatting, the brutal eviction of squatters and their widespread vilification. Pictured as a way to reimagine and reclaim the city, squatting offers an alternative to housing insecurity, oppressive property speculation and the negative effects of urban regeneration. We must, more than ever, reanimate and remake the urban environment as a site of radical social transformation.

Cities in Time

Temporary Urbanism and the Future of the City
Author: Ali Madanipour
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474220746
Category: Architecture
Page: 216
View: 1970
From street-markets and pop-up shops to art installations and Olympic parks, the temporary use of urban space is a growing international trend in architecture and urban design. Partly a response to economic and ecological crisis, it also claims to offer a critique of the status quo and an innovative way forward for the urban future. Cities in Time aims to explore and understand the phenomenon, offering a first critical and theoretical evaluation of temporary urbanism and its implications for the present and future of our cities. The book argues that temporary urbanism needs to be understood within the broader context of how different concepts of time are embedded in the city. In any urban place, multiple, discordant and diverse timeframes are at play – and the chapters here explore these different conceptions of temporality, their causes and their effects. Themes explored include how institutionalised time regulates everyday urban life, how technological and economic changes have accelerated the city's rhythms, our existential and personal senses of time, concepts of memory and identity, virtual spaces, ephemerality and permanence.

A History of Reading

Author: Alberto Manguel
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698178971
Category: History
Page: 384
View: 6944
At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning, and at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Noted essayist and editor Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the six-thousand-year-old conversation between words and that hero without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader. Manguel brilliantly covers reading as seduction, as rebellion, and as obsession and goes on to trace the quirky and fascinating history of the reader’s progress from clay tablet to scroll, codex to CD-ROM.

The Future of War

A History
Author: Lawrence Freedman
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610393066
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 3445
Questions about the future of war are a regular feature of political debate, strategic analysis, and popular fiction. Where should we look for new dangers? What cunning plans might an aggressor have in mind? What are the best forms of defense? How might peace be preserved or conflict resolved? From the French rout at Sedan in 1870 to the relentless contemporary insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, Lawrence Freedman, a world-renowned military thinker, reveals how most claims from the military futurists are wrong. But they remain influential nonetheless. Freedman shows how those who have imagined future war have often had an idealized notion of it as confined, brief, and decisive, and have regularly taken insufficient account of the possibility of long wars-hence the stubborn persistence of the idea of a knockout blow, whether through a dashing land offensive, nuclear first strike, or cyberattack. He also notes the lack of attention paid to civil wars until the West began to intervene in them during the 1990s, and how the boundaries between peace and war, between the military, the civilian, and the criminal are becoming increasingly blurred. Freedman's account of a century and a half of warfare and the (often misconceived) thinking that precedes war is a challenge to hawks and doves alike, and puts current strategic thinking into a bracing historical perspective.