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  1. says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegallyThis is being promoted as one of those NPR worthy books that combines an academic's precision with the witty style of a commercial writer all about the rise and development of urban centers over the last 20000 or so years of human history But alas this slick photo heavy doorstop seems to have been designed to look good on a coffeetable than to be a fascinating read; split into infuriatingly non intuitive sections on the various random things that make up a typical city the scattershot writing tends to read along the lines of Here's a chapter about bridges And now here are some famous bridges Here's a chapter about city walls And now here are some famous city walls A book that could've been dense and fascinating like a Peter Ackroyd title it's instead along the lines of a forgettable basic cable documentary and despite looking great does not come recommendedOut of 10 67


  2. says:

    Peter sent me a copy of this and I love it Not so much a linear read for me although you could absolutely approach it that way and it would deliver as a selection of insanely fascinating sections about cities and how they came to be what they are what they are and may become the forces at play inside them and how those forces show themselves in architecture and society In many ways the perfect brainfood for a writer and a book you can dip into and immediately get lost in Korea's new digital cities? Check The creation of the London Underground? Check Slums Boswell and ecology? Check A stream of enlightening flashes And perfect now that I think of it for an iPad app of epic wonder PETER iPad Mind expanding


  3. says:

    this book is terrible completely uninteresting collection of factoids no inclusion of serious or even pop social theory urban design etc reads and looks like a crappy grade school text book


  4. says:

    WOWso many fun facts I LOVED reading this book Such an interesting structure and so much info Loved it


  5. says:

    PD Smith examines the things that have been fixtures in cities since Mesopotamia It is first amazing at how little changes in terms of what the city provides over time By the end of the book he has also covered some critical ways in which cities have changed for the worse but also for the better He discusses the future of cities in the light of global warming wildly increasing demands and increased distance between the ruling class and the bulk of the people in the cities This is a bright entertaining and very thought provoking book I've lived in Chicago New York and Los Angeles The only time I lived in a small town was when I was in the Army If you love cities or even a city this is a book you will enjoy


  6. says:

    35 stars This was my cities read for March As its subtitle suggests this book is modeled after a guidebook so it's not necessarily meant to be read linearly meaning you can skip around if you want something Smith outright suggests in the introduction Some other reviewers have complained about the disjointed nature of this book but you can't say the author didn't warn you I did read the book in order instead of moving around but I personally didn't have a problem with the episodic nature since the introduction had prepared meThe uality of City's various sections varies from one to the other with some being very interesting and well researched and others not at all For example Smith paints city parks in glowing terms really as a cure to all the city dweller's woes without acknowledging that these open and often poorly lit areas can become hotspots for drugs and other criminal activities at night However I did appreciate Smith's inclusion of ancient and non Western cities which helped to give a well rounded view than other books that focus solely on Western urbanismMuch of the information and stories Smith touches on felt rather basic and this clearly isn't meant for advanced or even slightly beyond beginner urbanists — although it is much readable than many of those advanced books I have read which is a point in its favor City looks like a thick textbook but it's only 400 pages total or about 340 pages if you don't include the notes etc Plus some of those 340 pages are photographs both full page and not so so this book is even shorter than that I did like the images though I felt like some of the colored filters were unnecessary and interfered with my ability to actually see what was in the photos In a way this book felt like one of those DK encyclopedias but for grownups which isn't necessarily bad but is certainly different and I can see how some readers would have mixed feelings about the premise


  7. says:

    Like many other books tracing historical developments of societies of cities and towns this title provided an interesting take on the conception of cities in present day Iran Mexico Ira Egypt among others From these early settlements grew people's consciousness of relating to one another where communication became one of the key factors in devising records languages urban planning or lack thereof in contemporary cities government to name a few ways of managing citizens and societies While there were a few instances where it feels the book jumps from one point to another there are interesting facts about why people have engaged in living in such a dense location in line with the expansion of politics economy and social conditions over time We then uestion if cities today can actually sustain an amplified mode of living or will it also collapse inadvertently if it's not managed well similar to what happened to all of the other historical cities


  8. says:

    Not entirely groundbreaking but gives a good historical reminder of where urban institutions came through Picking various topics such as housing transportation and markets the author follows their evolution throughout written history and places them within the current and future context of cities


  9. says:

    the advice to the reader to pick up the book and read sections randomly as you would any tourist guide of a foreign city applies beautifully to this guidebookTravels through history to old and new cities and the major things that make them cities from infrastructure and economy to food crime and culture Interesting take on what makes cities special but also similar across time and space


  10. says:

    excellent book each time I opened it it was like lets go back to the city highly informative and well written


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City [PDF / EPUB] City For the first time in the history of our planet than half the population 33 billion people is now living in cities City is the ultimate guidebook to our urban centers the signature unit of human civil For the first time in the history of our planet than half the population billion people is now living in cities City is the ultimate guidebook to our urban centers the signature unit of human civilization With erudite prose and carefully chosen illustrations this uniue work of metatourism explores what cities are and how they work It covers history customs and language districts transport money work shops and markets and tourist sites creating a fantastically detailed portrait of the City through history and into the futureThe urban explorer will revel in essays on downtowns suburbs shantytowns and favelas graffiti skylines crime the theater street food sport eco cities and sacred sites as well as mini essays on the Tower of Babel flash mobs ghettos skateboarding and SimCity among many others Drawing on a vast range of examples from across the world and throughout history City is extensively illustrated with full color photographs maps and other images Acclaimed author and independent scholar P D Smith explores what it was like to live in the first cities how they have evolved and why in the future cities will play an even greater role in human life.

  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • City
  • P.D. Smith
  • English
  • 24 July 2016
  • 9781608196760

About the Author: P.D. Smith

PD Smith is an independent researcher and writer His most recent book is City A Guidebook to the Urban Age published by Bloomsbury in His previous book Doomsday Men The Real Dr Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon Penguin was described by the Daily Telegraph as chilling and irresistible He regularly reviews non fiction books for the Guardian and has also written.