The Anxious City
British Urbanism in the Late 20th Century
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Anxious City by Richard J. Williams
Book DescriptionIn the Western world, cities have arguably never been more anxious: practical anxieties about personal safety and metaphysical anxieties about the uncertain place of the city in culture are the small change of journalism and political debate. Cities have long been regarded as problems, in need of drastic solutions. In this context, the contemporary revival of city centres is remarkable. But in a culture that largely fears the urban, how can the contemporary city be imagined? How is it supposed to be used or inhabited? What does it mean? Taking England since WWII as its principal focus, this provocative and original book considers the Western city at a critical moment in its history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415279260
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Richard J. Williams
Richard J Williams is a lecturer in the Department of History of Art, University of Edinburgh. He studied at the universities of London and Manchester, and he previously taught at Liverpool John Moores University. His publications include After Modern Sculpture (2000) and numerous articles on the art and visual culture of the 1960s.
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