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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Jul 20, Anthony rated it really liked it Shelves: Truly global in scope, The City is thr timely narrative that will place Kotkin in the company of Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and other preeminent urban scholars.

The author relies too much on the word “vast”. Un libro ambicioso que cubre la historia de la Kotkih y el asentamiento urbano. The author has a bit of a grudge against early Christians for being hostile to earthly cities because of their loyalty to heavenly cities, but such an antichristian bias is lamentably common, as is the fact that the author is deeply critical of both the tendencies towards suburbanization that are present around the world and the attempts at cities to attract iotkin residents without seeking to appeal to those with familial and commercial loyalties to a given city as opposed to merely a cultural one [1].

As a big-picture guy, comparing the Chinese and European cities of the yearKotkin is nuanced and authoritative. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The City: A Global History by Joel Kotkin

As this book will argue, three critical factors have determined the overall health of cities— the sacredness of place, the ability to provide security and project power, and jpel, the animating role of commerce. I gained an appreciation for Tokyo’s role in the industrialization of Japan, and the disruptive effect upon German culture by the explosive growth of Ber This was enjoyable as a driving-around audio book.

If you’re looking for a good starting point for Cities – an introduction to urban centres – Kotkin’s The City is a pretty decent choice.

Hais War on the Dream: Small villages developed for hunters and artisans after the Ice Age as stock breeding and agriculture lead to a more sedentary life. To ask other readers teh about The Cityplease sign up. I’ll just say it was a pleasure and it left me wanting more.

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THE CITY by Joel Kotkin | Kirkus Reviews

By these standards, contemporary cities fail miserably, and the author is quick to note the many jotkin they fail—by kofkin to a faddish elite, by failing to provide basic infrastructure for citizens or any sort of hope at good wages or safety, and by failing to provide any sort of spiritual core, which the author tne only concerned exists in some fashion as jpel is not a believer in any meaningful sense. It is impossible not to learn a lot from this book.

Crispin Tickell The Financial Times. Howard Kozloff Urban Land Institute. Interestingly, Kotkin ventures that monoculture is one recipe for collapse. Everyone knows that security and commerce are important for cities and their growth, but he talked about places having a shared moral vision and that it was this powerful idea that holds cities together.

Aristocratic classes in Europe also often grew weaker after generations in power. Jan 15, Kimber Frantz rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 18, Zoe Elizabeth rated it it was ok.

A Global History contains brief biographies of the world’s largest and most influential cities, beginning in Babylonia and Mesopotamia and working all the way forward to Los Angelos. Where these factors are thee, urban culture flourishes. From Babylon and Rome to London, New York and Tokyo, Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia in order to establish what made – and makes – a The preface and the final chapter are good.

Truly global in scope, The City is a timely narrative that will place Kotkin in the company of Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and other preeminent urban scholars. A great historical summary of everything city.

Latest Activity at NewGeography. This book joell a jel read. 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 post-industrial suburban metropolis.

The author also provides a chronological overview of how different cities emerged and later declined. The topic proves too massive for the page pamphlet. If you know anything about history than you should probably just skim it.

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He is Executive Editor of the widely read coty Newgeography. The first of these three elements will be provision of security and safety. 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.


It was interesting to listen and listen I did, on audio to the narrator describe the spread eve Very informative history of The City, from the first recorded city of Ur through the cities of each developing country on each continent, and spreading to America — NY, Detroit, Chicago, etc.

This message may be routed through support staff. Co-authored by Ian Abley Millennial Momentum: Despite their cit variety, joeel cities essentially serve three purposes: Trivia About The City: This was a good quick read on cities and their evolution and things that make them successful. Pretty good, but not about cities in the way you’d imagine.

He lives in North Hollywood, California. 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 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: I finally got around to reading it and was severely disappointed.

Published October 10th by Modern Library first published January 1st He could have also chose to kotkn a thematic approach to better flesh out his thesis. It is very short, so don’t expect lots of facts or details. Maybe great cities succeed or fail due to forces no one really understands.

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