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The Endless City

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The late 20th century was the age of economic globalisation. The first part of the 21st century will be the age of the city, the urban age. For the first time in the history of humanity, more than half of the earth's population is living in urban areas. This work offers a survey of the contemporary city. ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 26th 2008 by Phaidon Press (first published March 20th 2008)
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May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
For everyone interested in the future of the world. And for urban studies geeks. And for people who love maps, charts and numbers.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Books like this are essential to understand the challenges that the urban era poses on humans and pretty much everything else in this planet. In particular, megacities are a phenomenom that cannot be obviated and that is growing at an alarming rate, with the subsequent effects on all kinds of life.

With different views from six cities, The Endless City offers very interesting facts and even more interesting essays on each one of them, informing the reader of history, problems, contexts and challe
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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A great overview for anyone interested in urban issues. I was first introduced to Ricky Burdett's work at the 2006 Venice Biennale, where he organized the Architecture and the City main exhibit in the Arsenal. Here Burdett focuses on six cities (Shanghai, London, Berlin, New York, Mexico City, and Johannesburg); there are some really great maps and diagrams in here. ...more
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
Interesting but way too long for me to read the whole thing. So I'm not embarrassed to admit that I just looked at the pictures/graphs, read the captions and read bits and pieces of the essays. And that still took me a couple hours! ...more
Apr 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Fantastic, thought-provoking stats and portraits of cities around the world. An intriguing look at the way most people in the world live.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's huge and hard to take places so I'll probably be reading it for a while. ...more
Oct 03, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
maybe i'll come back to this, halfway through the section about nyc and just don't have time. ...more
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