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Book Title: Atlas of Cities|
The author of the book: Paul Knox
ISBN 13: 9780691157818
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.91 MB
Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: August 12th 2014
Read full description of the books Atlas of Cities:More than half the world's population lives in cities, and that proportion is expected to rise to three-quarters by 2050. Urbanization is a global phenomenon, but the way cities are developing, the experience of city life, and the prospects for the future of cities vary widely from region to region. The "Atlas of Cities" presents a unique taxonomy of cities that looks at different aspects of their physical, economic, social, and political structures; their interactions with each other and with their hinterlands; the challenges and opportunities they present; and where cities might be going in the future.
Each chapter explores a particular type of city--from the foundational cities of Greece and Rome and the networked cities of the Hanseatic League, through the nineteenth-century modernization of Paris and the industrialization of Manchester, to the green and "smart" cities of today. Expert contributors explore how the development of these cities reflects one or more of the common themes of urban development: the mobilizing function (transport, communication, and infrastructure); the generative function (innovation and technology); the decision-making capacity (governance, economics, and institutions); and the transformative capacity (society, lifestyle, and culture).
Using stunning info-graphics, maps, charts, tables, and photographs, the "Atlas of Cities" is a comprehensive overview of the patterns of production, consumption, generation, and decay of the twenty-first century's defining form.Presents a one-of-a-kind taxonomy of cities that looks at their origins, development, and future prospectsFeatures core case studies of particular types of cities, from the foundational cities of Greece and Rome to the "smart" cities of todayExplores common themes of urban development, from transport and communication to lifestyle and cultureIncludes stunning info-graphics, maps, charts, tables, and photos
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Abuja, Alexandria, Amsterdam, Athens, Augsburg, Babylon, Beijing, Berlin, Brasilia, Bruges, Budapest, Cairo, Canberra, Chandigarh, Chicago, Constantinople, Curitiba, Detroit, Dubai, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Florence, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Geneva, Ghent, Glasgow, Gussing, Hong Kong, Innsbruck, Istanbul, Jakarta, Karachi, Knossos, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Lubeck, Manchester, Marseille, Masdar City, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Mumba, Mumbai, Nairobi, New York, Paris, Pella, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Santorini, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sheffield, Singapore, Sparta, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Sydney, Syracuse, Tokyo, Vancouver, Venice, Vienna, Washington, D.C., Wildpoldsried"
Read information about the authorI am an urban geographer and university administrator. I currently serve as Senior Fellow for International Advancement, reporting directly to the President of Virginia Tech. Between 1997 and 2006 I served as Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and in 2009 I served for a year as Director of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. As a member of the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning I have taught courses on urban and regional development theory and comparative urbanization. I currently teach Honors courses on European Urbanization and Urbanism, and on Cities and Design.
My research and writing is focused on urban form, and in particular the social construction of the built environment. I am particularly interested in the ways in which the sense of place of small towns and of big-city districts is embodied in the built environment; and in the ways in which social histories are reflected in the architecture of city districts.
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