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Description - Cities Without Cities by Thomas Sieverts

This book investigates the characteristics of today's built environment: no longer simply a city but increasingly large conurbations made up of a number of development clusters, linked by transport routes. The diffusion of the once compact city into a city web, the 'meta city' is mirrored by changes in society from communities with strong social cohesion and interest in their towns and cities to individuals pursing their own goals, with global social links and little interest in their own town or city other than the quality of their personal space. The account is complex and on a number of levels; social, philosophical, economic and environmental. The difficulties in managing or even controlling the city web, divided arbitrarily into areas of limited size and political power, are enormous. Areas compete with each other rather than co-operate. The book provides a better understanding of this new type of urban form and argues for a change in planning systems for better management.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415272605
ISBN-10: 0415272602
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Cities without Cities by Thomas Sieverts
Hardback, October 2002
$207.90