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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I found that I knew most of the information and it was just like reading little blurbs from a lecture. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 questions about The Cityplease sign ootkin.

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Aug 05, K Shah nizamuddin rated it really liked it. The first of these three elements will be provision of security and safety. Tom Condon Hartford Courant. Lacks any sort of common theme; very anecdotal for a history book.

Thus ciity is a sort of encyclopedia type with minimal interference from the writer and such a great book for a beginner or the masses. If you’re looking for a good starting point for Cities – an introduction to urban centres – Kotkin’s The Cityy is a pretty decent choice.

The book explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. It also talks about the shift towards “urban deconcentration”, where the focus is no longer on the central urban core, but on having multiple centres of activity within the city e.


The City: A Global History – Joel Kotkin

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.

Howard Kozloff Urban Land Institute. I also believe this is a good book for everyone.

It does provide an outline of the development of The City as a human artifact. I think the book could have been so much more enriching with a more thorough discussion of the subject.

Jul 12, Matthew rated it liked it Shelves: Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide Legatum study focusing on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City; as cty as other studies of New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston and St. He writes a monthly… More about Joel Kotkin.

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China remained half as urbanized as Western Europe, the Mediterranean, or, for that matter, Japan from the first millennium until the present day. Instead of looking at the nitty gritty of cities, Kotkin instead takes a historical overview, looking at the macro factors that have caused cities to arise, led to their flourishing, and occasionally to their decline or fall.

Philippe Petit Vity Times of London. Yet in contrast with the East, Europe’s rising urban merchant and artisan classes provided a vital alternative capable of invigorating the urban economy kotkon often forcing changes in regime.


It is a universal aspiration to own your own home. Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: Unfortunately, this broad scale means that the book can only offer a brief introduction to each city and its development history.

The City: A Global History

A Global History contains thee biographies of the world’s largest and most influential cities, beginning in Babylonia and Mesopotamia and working all the way forward to Los Angelos. Preview — The City by Joel Kotkin. Oct 21, Brad Cramer rated it it was ok Shelves: Will Seattle light rail extended to Joeo County create intolerable crowding on peak period trains in King County?

Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centers of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China to the imperial kofkin of the Classical era, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with today’s post-industrial suburban metropolis.

They can use the traffic. A good, easy, read, like a children’s encycloepaedia — full of fun facts and sharp observations.

Maybe his books The Human City: 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 kotkiin and slow decay of cities and civilisations but nonetheless probably a good first explanation of the structural themes to hang a hat on.