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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Even though there is no detailed methodology in the book that urban planners can directly implement on urban design, after reading the book they will appreciate the cultural background of each city, understand the root cause of urban issues and even gain inspirations to find the solution or best design strategies. This book was more of a quick world history with an emphasis on the great metropolises, which was a little disappointing.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jul 10, Liam rated it really liked it. 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.

Kotkin adds to these the element of sacredness: A few years earlier, these places were lightly populated by the natives. 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: A suggested readings section is also included to this end.

However, it will be a short and enjoyable read for the general public to obtain a comprehensive introduction to global city history. The narrative is too broad and overarching to really rigourously argue through many of the historical factors Kotkin gives credence to in the typically rapid rise and slow decay of cities and civilisations but nonetheless probably a good first explanation of the structural themes to hang a hat on.


Pretty good, but not about cities in the way you’d imagine. He recommends conur This concise history of cities, from early civilization’s Uruk to Mumbai, Lagos and Houston, flows in lucid and cogent writing.

Didn’t appreciate the islamaphobia at the end of the book. From their beginning, cities have been parasitic in a fashion, ruled by elites who have sought to combine elements of sacred space and commercial space while providing security, and at best cities have provided a home for the sort of cultured people who help make art possible as well as provide for trade and education and scientific development.

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The other pages are just descriptions of cities. Account Options Sign in.

Think Civilization instead of SimCity. Open Preview See a Problem? Sacredness of Place Security Commerce These are the pillars Kotkin identifies as makers or breakers of cities.

Feb 01, Nathan Albright rated it really liked it Shelves: Maybe his books The Human City: His conclusion was excellent on talking about how jooel it is to have a shared moral vision in cities in order for them to thrive.

In an effort to give some kind of perspective to an otherwise poorly written book, the author writes an introduction and conclusion – mostly personal opinions – about what he thinks the book conveys.

Apr 07, Rhesa marked it as to-read Shelves: Security — people can safely A good, easy, read, like a children’s encycloepaedia — full of fun facts and sharp observations. Stats are cited without much explanation of their significance. At pages, The City isn’t an in depth examination of cities, but it is a compact read that you can easily dip into during those small pockets of time that come up throughout the day.

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. The thing I found most interesting about the things he identified as being necessary for the successful city, was Sacredness. A short and accessible introduction to the City. citg

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. I was interested in this author because he avoids the usual intellectual’s bias against suburban life. Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: I think the book could have thr so much ciity enriching with a more thorough discussion of the subject.


When these elements weaken, cities dissipate and eventually recede out of history.

Kotkin does not waste a word. Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centers of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China to the imperial centers of the Classical era, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with today’s kogkin suburban metropolis.

I think the book could have been so much more enriching with a more thorough discussion of This book was hte to me by one of my professors in college.

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A noted French theologian Jacques Ellul once said that since the fall, man has been trying to create ordered heaven that has been kitkin, and that is man-made city. Urban retail on a modern scale first appeared here, in This is an interesting handbook to the evolution of cities and the urban form. From Babylon and Rome to London, New York and Tokyo, Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia kotmin order to establish what made – and makes – a Successful urban areas today must still resonate with the ancient fundamentals—places sacred, safe, and busy.

Mar 25, Luke rated it liked it. It was interesting to listen and listen I did, on audio to the narrator describe the spread eventual spread of the city and the way korkin changed over time. Americans, meanwhile, moved to the western frontiers, quickly populating new cities, such as Cincinnati, St Louis, Detroit, but especially Chicago.