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The City in Geography

Renaturing the Built Environment, 1st Edition

By Benedict Anderson


226 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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Monumental in scale and epic in development, cities have become the most visible and significant symbol of human progress. The geography on and around which they are constructed, however, has come to be viewed merely in terms of its resources and is often laid to waste once its assets have been stripped. The City in Geography is an urban exploration through this phenomenon, from settlement to city through physical geography, which reveals an incremental progression of removing terrain, topography and geography from the built environment, ushering in and advancing global destruction and instability. This book explains how the fall of geography in relationship to human survival has come through the loss of contact between urban dwellers and physical terrain, and details the radical rethinking required to remedy the separations between the city, its inhabitants and the landscape upon which it was built.


"Geography as a way of thinking has been in recession. Not since Man’s Role in Changing the Face of the Earth (University of Chicago Press 1956) and The Geography of the Imagination (Picador 1984) has there been a sustained attempt at using geographical lenses to understand human interactions with the surface of this planet. Anderson makes a new start." -Leon van Schaik AO, Emeritus Professor of Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

"Linking the rewilding of the future city to the wilding of the people who live there, Anderson’s short history of ‘geography’s downfall’ makes a compelling case for ‘turning over and breaking the ground’ in a new, sustainable contract not only with topography but with our own ‘wild surfaces’. Original, widely referenced, The City in Geography recasts the scope and outreach of (post-) human geography." -Paul Cater, Professor of Design and Urbanism, RMIT University, Australia

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Thinking Geography – A Brief History Chapter 2. The Nature of Geography – Geological Time Chapter 3. Becoming Geography – Creation Scapes Chapter 4. The Fall of Geography – The Fate of Ground Chapter 5. Building Geography – Emerging, Forming, Patterning Chapter 6. Future Geography – City Adaptations and Meta-Morphoricals

About the Author

Benedict Anderson is an independent scholar and practices in design, architecture and public art. He has worked in many different universities, lectured extensively as an invited speaker and exhibited in major exhibitions. His previous book, Buried City, Unearthing Teufelsberg, Berlin and its Geography of Forgetting, was published by Routledge in 2017.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design

The Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of planning and beyond. The series publishes international research covering spatial planning, regional planning, planning history, planning theory, communities, impact assessment, transport, sustainability and urban design. Building on Routledge’s history of academic rigor and cutting edge research, the series will contribute to the rapidly expanding literature in all areas of planning and urban design. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning