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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It teaches us, the global citizens, to appreciate culture background of each city ioel person surround us. It does provide an outline of the development of The City hoel a human artifact.

I found that I knew most of the information and it was just like reading little blurbs from a lecture. It would also have been better if the author had looked more at the relationship between the three elements, in that he could have looked at how they reinforced or undermined one another.

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Jun 29, francesca rated it really liked it. Philippe Petit The Times of London. I also believe this is a good book for everyone.

The City: A Global History

Crispin Tickell The Financial Times. Preview — The City by Joel Kotkin. Stay up to date: Nov 23, Yijun Jessie rated it it was amazing. Close Nav Search Close Search search. It’s a very short book overall, but one of the Modern Library Chronicles which are always laid out gorgeously. The author has josl, which are clearly stated.


Dec 18, Pages. Inspired by Your Browsing History. He writes a monthly column in The New York Times and has written four previous books.

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The City: A Global History by Joel Kotkin

Talent retention for want of a better term — basically the observation that when the better part of society is either abandoning the city to live a more pleasant life elsewhere, or becoming ‘rentiers’ and earning their keep from simply renting out existing te rather than thinking about how to value add and build new wealth, it’s a a bad sign. It’s a ver Pretty good, but not about cities in the way you’d imagine.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Account Options Sign in. I think the book could have been so much more enriching with a more thorough discussion of the subject. Trivia About The City: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism’s yearlong study of the future of suburban development. From their beginning, cities have been parasitic in a fashion, ruled by elites who have oktkin to combine elements of sacred space and kootkin space while providing security, and at best cities have provided a home for the sort of cultured people who help make art possible ciyt well as provide for trade and education and scientific development.

It is very short, so don’t expect lots of facts or details. 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.


Openness — diversity of thoughts, cultures, knowledge, and equality of status between different peoples 2. 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.

A Global Historyis big on solid infrastructure, good schools and a vibrant middle class. Aspiring urban scholars, former urban scholars in need of a refresher course, and anyone with even a passing interest in ioel urban built form will find The City: Try using more general keywords.

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No fluff, just a straight chronology and analysis. Aug 13, Mckinley rated it it was ok Shelves: Not sure he proves these by the end. 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. 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.

R The author writes plainly, a style I enjoy.