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The Metaphysical City

Six Ways of Understanding the Urban Milieu, 1st Edition

By Rob Sullivan


184 pages

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Hardback: 9780815363231
pub: 2019-01-16
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The Metaphysical City examines the metaphorical existence of the city as an entity to further understand its significance on urban planning and geography. It encourages an open-minded approach when studying cities so as to uncover broader connecting themes that may otherwise be missed.

Case studies of New York, Paris, Cairo, Mumbai, Tokyo, and Los Angeles explore a metaphor specific to each city. This multidisciplinary analysis uses philosophical treatises, geographical analysis, and comparative literature to uncover how each city corresponds to the metaphor. As such, it allows the reader to understand the city from six differing points of view.

This book would be beneficial to students and academics of urban planning, geography, and comparative literature, in particular those with an interest in a metaphysical examination of cities.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The City as Creature: New York 2. The City as Human: Paris 3. The City as Jail Cell: Cairo 4. The City as Thing: Mumbai 5. The City as Home: Tokyo 6. The City as Spectacle: Los Angeles Conclusion

About the Author

Rob Sullivan is aformer lecturer in geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Street Level: Los Angeles in the Twenty-First Century and Geography Speaks: Performative Aspects of Geography.

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