First published in 1990. The options and probabilities for the future of cities are issues of outstanding contemporary importance, both in the developed and developing worlds. The Living City draws together both current mainstream ideas on their futures and various alternative views to enliven the debate and put forward an agenda for sustainable urban development, emphasizing ideas that question the economic imperatives of that development. Certain aspects of city life - the economy of the city, city-countryside relationships, the city as a cultural centre - are selected for study, as the book looks at the historical past and current experiences to speculate on the likely condition of cities in the future. In addition, the book investigates whether the Third World experience of city life is a separate experience or whether there are lessons to be learnt relating to all cities.
The book will appeal to professionals in the surveying, planning and architectural fields, as well as students and academics in Planning, Geography, Economics, Architecture, Development Studies and Sociology and anyone interested in issues concerning the city and the environment.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Towards Another City David Cadman and Geoffrey Payne; Part One; 1. On the Development of Cities Dennis Hay 2. The Future Economic Role of Urban Systems Iain Begg and Barry Moore 3. Urban Change in the Third World: Are Recent Trends a Useful Pointer to the Urban Future? Jorge E. Hardoy and David Satterthwaite 4. Can Third World Cities be Managed? Carole Rakodi; Part Two; 5. Alternative Futures for Cities James Robertson 6. Town and Country John Holmes and Geoffrey Steeley 7. Mad Maurice III: Metropolitans in the Making Joe Cullen 8. The Metabolism of Cities Herbert Girardet 9. Barriers, Channels and Community Control John F. C. Turner 10. The Politics of Sustainable Third World Urban Development Tade Akin Aina 11. Increasing Technological Choice in Third World Settlements George McRobie 12. Controlled Third World Decentralization: A Tale of Two Countries Charles L. Choguill 13. Development through Partnership: The Orangi Project in Karachi Arif Hasan; Conclusions and New Beginnings David Cadman and Geoffrey Payne; Index