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Cities by Design: The Social Life of Urban Form

By: Fran Tonkiss


Description

Who makes our cities, and what part do everyday users have in the design of cities? This book powerfully shows that city-making is a social process and examines the close relationship between the social and physical shaping of urban environments.

With cities taking a growing share of the global population, urban forms and urban experience are crucial for understanding social injustice, economic inequality and environmental challenges. Current processes of urbanization too often contribute to intensifying these problems; cities, likewise, will be central to the solutions to such problems. Focusing on a range of cities in developed and developing contexts, Cities by Design highlights major aspects of contemporary urbanization: urban growth, density and sustainability; inequality, segregation and diversity; informality, environment and infrastructure.

Offering keen insights into how the shaping of our cities is shaping our lives, Cities by Design provides a critical exploration of key issues and debates that will be invaluable to students and scholars in sociology and geography, environmental and urban studies, architecture, urban design and planning.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745648972
ISBN10
0745648975
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2013
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2014
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2013


Format
235 x 159 mm
9.25 x 6.25 in
Pages
224 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745648989
ISBN10
0745648983
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2013
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2014
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2013



Format
230 x 154 mm
9.02 x 6.05 in
Pages
224 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745680293
ISBN10
0745680291
Publication Dates ROW:
Jan 2014
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2014
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jan 2014


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
224 pages

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Reviews

"A momentous work of uncommon intelligence and clarity that packs a powerful political punch."
Morning Star

''Finally, a book on urban design that gets close to the formal and informal practices, the material, social and virtual matter, and the deliberate and deliberative impulses that make and unmake cities. Fran Tonkiss offers a whole new repertoire of possibilities to help fashion the liveable and democratic city.''
Ash Amin, University of Cambridge

''Tonkiss is among the most insightfully spatial of urban sociologists and uses this social-spatial acuity to re-design urban design as “the social life of urban form”. Cities by Design re-opens the old claim that urban design can become a convergent focus for critical thinking and effective practice across all disciplines and professions. Tonkiss applies her expanded vision of design to such controversial issues as density and sprawl, inequality and injustice, segregation and diversity, ordinary urbanism and informality, environmental racism and sustainability, never losing touch with practical, political, and policy implications.''
Edward Soja, UCLA

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

1 Introduction: Cities by Design 1

2 The Social Life of Urban Form: Size, Density, Diversity 26

3 Unequal Cities, Segregated Spaces 60

4 The Contradictions of Informality 91

5 Urban Environments: Ecology, Inequity, Mobility 113

6 Infrastructure as 'Design Politics' 138

7 Afterword: The Possible City 159

References 178

Index 201

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Author Information

Fran Tonkiss is Reader in Sociology and Director of the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is author, among other books, of Space, The City and Social Theory (Polity, 2005), and Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (Polity, 2001, with Don Slater), and is managing editor of Economy and Society and former editor of the British Journal of Sociology.

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