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Description - Welcome to the Urban Revolution. How Cities Are Changing the World by Jeb Brugmann

We are now at the dawn of the urban century. What does it mean that half the earth's people now live in cities - and that two billion more will join them over the next twenty-five years? How does this change the way the world works? As an urban nation, with nearly 90 per cent of its population living in cities, how can Australia lead the way? In Welcome to the Urban Revolution, Jeb Brugmann offers an eye-opening new anatomy of the living city. Taking you on a street-level tour of our urbanizing planet, Brugmann challenges conventional thinking and reveals cities as the medium for revolutionary change. From Tehran to Gdansk, urban uprising have transformed global politics; from Guangzhou to Toronto, health crises such as the SARS epidemic are urban phenomena; from Bangalore to Chicago, cities are the incubators of new industries and environmental solutions. Welcome to the Urban Revolution argues that the twenty-first century's greatest challenges can-and must-be met through new approaches to city building. Exploring the successes of cities such as Barcelona, Vancouver and Curitiba, Brugmann shows how we can transform cities into more productive, equitable and sustainable places. The most progressive cities, he reveals, have developed their own 'practices of urbanism' from the pavement up. These local urbanisms-ways of designing, governing and living in cities that align competing interests behind common purposes-hold the promise of shaping the urban century for the better, and offer a real hope for the future of our planet. 'This goes way beyond globalization . . . Totally fascinating.' BOOKLIST

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780702236969
ISBN-10: 0702236969
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 153mm x 27mm)
Pages: 342
Imprint: University of Queensland Press
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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