Welcome to the Urban Revolution How Cities Are Changing the World

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-19
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press

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A powerful reappraisal of the role of cities and their inhabitants in solving global problems, from a leading expert in urban development.In the second half of the twentieth century, revolutions reshaped our worldthe civil rights movement in America, the fall of the shah in Iran, the collapse of the Soviet bloc, and the end of apartheid in South Africa. All of these revolutions were fundamentally urban. They were the revolutions of Detroit, Gdansk, Berlin, Tehran, and Johannesburg, uprisings of city dwellers intent on ending their marginalization and securing their place in the world economy.InWelcome to the Urban Revolution, internationally recognized urbanist Jeb Brugmann draws on two decades of fieldwork and research to show how the city is now a medium for revolutionary change. Not just political upheaval but technological, economic, and social innovations are forged in our cities. We may think of cities as hotbeds of crime or engines of globalization, but Brugmann shows how cities are becoming laboratories for solving major challenges of the twenty-first century: poverty, inequality, and environmental sustainability.Bridging urban studies, economics, and sociology, Brugmann gives us a new way of looking at cities, giving shape to the emerging practice of urbanism. His positive, unconventional analysis turns traditional ideas about the city on their head.

Author Biography

Jeb Brugmann has been instrumental in urban development in 49 cities in 21 countries in his two decades of work on urbanization. His work over the years has been officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, three UN Summits and the UN Climate Secretariat (Kyoto Protocol). He has received numerous awards and government funding from twelve different countries, and is a faculty member of the Cambridge University Business and Environment Program. He lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Urban Revolution
Look Again: A View from the Expanding Edge of the Global Cityp. 3
The Improbable Life of an Urban Patch: Deciphering the Hidden Logic of Global Urban Growthp. 17
The Great Migration: The Rise of Homo Urbanisp. 33
Anatomy of Urban Revolution: The Inevitable Democracy of the Cityp. 55
The Tyrants' Demise: The Irrepressible Economics of Urban Associationp. 75
What We Can Learn from the Way That Migrants Build Their Cities: Buildings, City Models, and Citysystemsp. 92
The City Adrift
The Final Phase: Two Billion New City Dwellers in Search of a New Urbanismp. 113
Cities of Crisis: Sources of Global Vulnerabilityp. 132
Great Opportunities Cities: Stuck in Negotiationp. 157
A Planet Transformed: Urban Ecosystem or Global Dystopia?p. 185
Strategy for an Urban Planet
The Strategic City: From Global Burden to Global Solutionp. 201
Designing the Ecosystem: A New City Rises on the Serra do Mar Plateaup. 214
Building Local Culture: Reclaiming the Streets of Gràcia District, Barcelonap. 229
Governing the Entrepreneurial City: Local Markets and the Resurgence of Chicagop. 250
Cocreating the Citysystem: Toward a World of Urban Regimesp. 273
Acknowledgmentsp. 285
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 331
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