This text focuses on cities as the dominant form of human settlement for the future, examining the transformation that is happening in urban connobations worldwide today. The last few decades have seen a rate of change and growth in cities that has never been seen before, resulting in giant metropoles with over twenty million inhabitants. This book tackles the causes of these changes, and looks at how the planning and design of cities can shape the urban future.
'A fruitful offering to critical studies and debate in architecture and urban theory.' - Journal of Architectural Education
Introduction 1. The Form of the Future 2. From Randstad to Deltametropolis 3. Remaking Johannesburg 4. The Construction of Sydney's Global Image 5. Kuala Lumpur: An allegorical postmetropolis 6. The Voids of Berlin 7. Mumbai: Millennial Identities 8.Capitalism and the City 9. Exit 'post': The making of 'glocal' urban modernities 10. Reading the City in a Global Digital Age: Between topographic representation and spatialized power projects
11. Playing with Information: Urbanism in the twenty-first Century 12. Los Angeles, Cluster City 13. Amsterdam: Beyond inside and out 14. Local navigation in Douala 15. Hong Kong: The experienced city 16. Belgrade: Evolution in an urban jungle 17. Milan: Urban Footnotes 18. Millennium Tour