The problems created by metropolitanization have become increasingly apparent. Attempts to limit growth, disperse populations and plan neighbourhoods have been largely unsuccessful. Strategies are needed to improve the world's major cities in the twenty-first century.
Tom Angotti is fundamentally optimistic about the future of the metropolis, but questions urban planning’s inability to integrate urban and rural systems, its contribution to the growth of inequality, and increasing enclave development throughout the world. Using the concept of 'urban orientalism' as a theoretical underpinning of modern urban planning grounded in global inequalities, Angotti confronts this traditional model with new, progressive approaches to community and metropolis.
Written in clear, precise terms by an award-winning author, The New Century of the Metropolis argues that only when the city is understood as a necessary and beneficial acccompaniment to social progress can a progressive, humane approach to urban planning be developed.
Table of Contents
1. The Metropolis in the Twenty-first Century: Problem or Solution? 2. Urban Orientalism, Planning and the Metropolis of "The Others" 3. Urban and Rural Dependencies and Divides 4. The Urban-Rural Divide and Food Sovereignty: The Case of India 5. Orientalist Roots: Palestine and the Israeli Metropolis 6. Lessons from Twentieth Century Socialism: The USSR and China 7. The Free Market Metropolis and Enclave Urbanism 8. Latin America: Enclaves, Orientalism, and Alternatives 9. New Century, New Ways of Planning
Tom Angotti directs the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development in New York City and teaches at the Graduate Center and Hunter College, City University of New York. He co-edits Progressive Planning Magazine and is a Participating Editor for Latin American Perspectives and Local Environment. He is the author of Metropolis 2000 and New York for Sale.