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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Sort by Relevance Date. He writes a monthly… More about Joel Kotkin. In only pages, the book covers a very broad temporal and geographical scale: Korkin to Articles feed.

He recommends conur This concise history of cities, from early civilization’s Uruk to Mumbai, Tne and Houston, flows in lucid and cogent writing. Apr 03, Phoebe rated it really liked it. Nonfiction Classics Domestic Politics. Un libro ambicioso que cubre la historia de la Ciudad y el asentamiento urbano. Jun 08, Art rated it really liked it Shelves: Japanese and Korean editions are also available. I think the book could have been so much more enriching with a more thorough discussion of the subject.

It is also why I enjoyed it – In some ways I think the compartmenta Sacredness of Place Security Commerce These are the pillars Kotkin identifies as makers or breakers of cities.

From the Hardcover edition. A short and accessible introduction to the City. The first of these three elements will be provision of security and safety. Oct 10, Pages Buy. He lives in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

He also has worked in smaller communities, including a report – working with Praxis Strategy Group – on the rise of the Great Plains for Texas Tech University. Overall, this book makes for somewhat ominous reading.


What I’m eager to see is how the author address the issue of social dynamics found in every civilization with those 3 criterium. To ask other readers questions about The Cityplease sign up. Joel Kotkin is a City Journal contributing editor.

The City: A Global History – Joel Kotkin

The thing I found most interesting about the things he identified as being necessary for the successful city, was Sacredness. 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. Hais War on the Dream: A good, easy, read, like a children’s encycloepaedia — full of fun facts and sharp observations.

This book is a short one, but a worthy one, in that it synthesizes a great deal of understanding about cities to give a biography of the vity, as it were, finding common patterns across cultures while also demonstrating cultural differences where they exist. Try entering different keywords.

He writes a monthly column in The New York Times and has written four previous books. Try using more general keywords. It does provide an outline of the development of The City as a human artifact.

Oct 10, Pages. Jan 11, Steve rated it liked it. This is thee interesting handbook to the evolution of cities and the urban form.

I found that I knew most of the information and it was just like reading little blurbs from a lecture. Successful urban areas today must still resonate with the ancient fundamentals—places sacred, safe, and busy.

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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: The topic proves too massive for the page pamphlet. Maybe his books The Human City: Didn’t appreciate the islamaphobia at the end of the book. Where these factors are present, urban culture flourishes.


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. Not to live in an apartment! Kotkin lays out his theory of what constitutes a successful city: Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism’s yearlong study of the future of suburban development.

Today’s cities face many problems, and they can only thrive if they remain sacred, safe and busy. If you know anything about history than you should probably just skim it.

Think Civilization instead of SimCity. Urbanism for the Rest of Us, to be published by Agate in April, Aug 05, K Shah nizamuddin rated it really liked it. It is hoel universal aspiration to own your own home. Britain became the first country with most of its people living in cities. 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 answer the age-old question: 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.