The New Wealth of Cities: City Dynamics and the Fifth Wave

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Ashgate, 2007 - Political Science - 437 pages
Over the past two decades, new forms of planning and urban economic development have emerged in Western cities. These combine a return to traditional concerns of city building and a focus on urban design issues. During this time, there has also been a marked rise in our understanding of cultural development and its role in the design economy and life of cities. In this book, the author argues that this amounts to a rejection of modernism and its replacement with a more rounded view of cities; a set of interlocking processes of economic and cultural development, the evolution and design of the built form, city governance and the impact of technology on all of these. This book provides a long overdue look at the dynamics of the city, that is, how cities work in relation to the long cycles of economic development.

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