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The Prospect of Cities

The Prospect of Cities

John Friedmann

194 pages, parution le 03/05/2002


In essays as engaging as they are informative, a leading figure in urban planning and geography broadly surveys the complex terrain of global urbanization. Unique in its scope and its prospective view of city-regions as substantially autonomous "quasi city-states," this book offers an unprecedented look at the global urban future, focusing on models of development, transnational migration, citizenship, representation, and the good city as a utopian construct.

Beginning with an overview of global urbanization patterns-particularly the entropic forces that exacerbate poverty, increase violence, and discourage democratic life in peripheral areas-The Prospect of Cities goes on to address specific contemporary issues. These range in subject and scale from the impact of transnational migration on global cities whose populations are at least 30 percent of foreign origin to the critical importance of everyday life, as it is experienced on the streets and in neighborhoods, for a full understanding of urban planning. The final chapter traces the author's evolution as one of the world's foremost theorists of city-regional development and planning, deepening the perspective mapped out over the course of the volume and providing new insight into the study of the urban landscape in a global environment.

Whether arguing for a new approach to sustainable development, finding the moral focus of nonterritorial citizenship, or mounting a spirited, pragmatic defense of utopian thinking in urban planning, John Friedmann offers an informed, workable, and hopeful prospect for the cities of our time and of the future.


  • 1 The Prospect of Cities
  • 2 City Marketing and Quasi City-States: Two Models of Urban Development
  • 3 Transnational Migration: Spaces of Incorporation
  • 4 Citizenship: Statist, Cosmopolitan, Insurgent
  • 5 The City of Everyday Life: Knowledge/Power and the Problem of Representation
  • 6 The Good City: In Defense of Utopian Thinking
  • 7 A Life in Planning

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Éditeur(s) Univeristy of Minesota Press
Auteur(s) John Friedmann
Parution 03/05/2002
Nb. de pages 194
Format 16 x 23,5
Couverture Relié
Poids 425g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780816638840
ISBN13 978-0-8166-3884-0


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