Who makes our cities, and what part do everyday users have in the design of cities? This book powerfully shows that city-making is a social process and examines the close relationship between the social and physical shaping of urban environments.
With cities taking a growing share of the global population, urban forms and urban experience are crucial for understanding social injustice, economic inequality and environmental challenges. Current processes of urbanization too often contribute to intensifying these problems; cities, likewise, will be central to the solutions to such problems. Focusing on a range of cities in developed and developing contexts, Cities by Design highlights major aspects of contemporary urbanization: urban growth, density and sustainability; inequality, segregation and diversity; informality, environment and infrastructure.
Offering keen insights into how the shaping of our cities is shaping our lives, Cities by Design provides a critical exploration of key issues and debates that will be invaluable to students and scholars in sociology and geography, environmental and urban studies, architecture, urban design and planning.
Fran Tonkiss is Reader in Sociology and Director of the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is author, among other books, of Space, the City and Social Theory (Polity, 2005), and Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (Polity, 2001, with Don Slater), and is managing editor of Economy and Society and former editor of the British Journal of Sociology.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: cities by design
2 The social life of urban form: size, density and diversity
3 Unequal cities, segregated spaces
4 The contradictions of informality
5 Urban environments: ecology, inequity, mobility
6 Infrastructure as ‘design politics’
7 Afterword: the possible city