Out from under the dead weight of conventional wisdom and eco-gloom emerges a clear-eyed vision of cities that is celebrated in this book: how cities evolve, uncommanded and unplanned; why people move into them, in search of opportunities; and how the intelligentsia has misread them over the years. A fascinating collection of essays (Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist (2010))
This book opens a debate as it allows the readers to reconsider their own prejudices and preferences. (Will Alsop, OBE, architect and adjunct professor, Ontario College of Art and Design)
Timely, lucid and provocative. (Tim Marlow, broadcaster and director of Exhibitions at White Cube in London)
This collection breaks some unconventional ground, a welcome event given the grip of orthodoxy about cities so mindlessly accepted today. (Joel Kotkin, author of The City: A Global History (2005))
About the Author
Austin Williams is author of The Enemies of Progress (2008) and co-editor of The Future of Community (Pluto, 2009). He is the founder of ManTownHuman, director of the Future Cities Project and convenor of the infamous 'Bookshop Barnies' book discussions.
Alastair Donald is researching Urban Systems and Metropolitan Design at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge. He is co-editor of The Future of Community (Pluto, 2009).