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A History of Future Cities

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ISBN: 9780393078121    Publisher: WW Norton & Co Year of publishing: 2013     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 352        
In 1703, Peter the Great founded his eponymous capital on a Baltic marsh. Modelled on Amsterdam, he believed it would usher in a modernised, Westernised future. In the nineteenth-century Age of Imperialism,...Read more
In 1703, Peter the Great founded his eponymous capital on a Baltic marsh. Modelled on Amsterdam, he believed it would usher in a modernised, Westernised future. In the nineteenth-century Age of Imperialism, the British rebuilt Bombay as a tropical London, while three Western powers made Shanghai look just like home. In our time, the sheikh of Dubai has transformed his desert city into a skyscraper-studded global hub. The cultural and historical threads that connect these cities and their conflicted embrace of modernity are brought into relief in Daniel Brook's captivating mix of history and reportage - a story of architects and authoritarians, artists and revolutionaries who take these facsimiles of the West and turn them into crucibles of non-Western modernism. A History of Future Cities is both a crucial reminder of globalisation's long march and an inspiring look into the possibilities of our Asian Century.
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About the author: Daniel Brook
Daniel Brook is the author of The Trap and a journalist whose work has appeared in publications including Harper's, The Nation and Slate.

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Review:
An intimate, canny comparative study of four of the great world cities-St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai and Dubai... [With an] accessible, entertaining generalist's perspective ... Brook looks at...Read more
An intimate, canny comparative study of four of the great world cities-St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai and Dubai... [With an] accessible, entertaining generalist's perspective ... Brook looks at these metropolises as a testament to human imagination and as a barometer of future promise... Enormously elucidating and relevant." -- Kirkus Reviews "In these deft portraits of St. Petersburg, Russia; Bombay, India; Shanghai, China; and Dubai, UAE; journalist Brook (The Trap) artfully condenses and illustrates three centuries of revolutionary urban development and globalizing impulses." "'Instant cities' like Shenzhen, China, may seem like twenty-first-century twins of 'disposable cities' like rust-belt Camden, New Jersey. But in this probing new book that is at once both charming and reflective, Daniel Brook tells the story of urban hybrids conceived to fuse Western cosmopolitanism and local culture. His close but never pedantic reading of these metropolises puts the city back at the center of our vision, reminding us that in new and old towns alike, the urban amalgam of creativity, diversity, and mobility offers a key that not only unlocks the past but also opens the door to our future." -- Benjamin R. Barber, senior research scholar, Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of Jihad vs. McWorld and Strong Democracy
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