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The Art of City Making

Charles Landry

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 462

  • Publisher: Earthscan

  • Date Published: Oct 2006

  • Stock Code: 57752

  • ISBN: 9781844072453

  • Binding: Paperback

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This book explains how we can understand and reassess urban potential, harnessing a city's resources and cultural creativity to promote its development. It presents guidelines, policy approaches and clear recommendations, with international case studies. City making is an art, not a formula. Conventionally, city making is considered primarily in terms of architecture, engineering and land use planning. The book offers new insights by integrating the arts of understanding human desires, bending the dynamics of economics to the city's needs, trading power for creative influence, triggering inspiration, moving forward without erasing memory, celebration, and much more. Most importantly, the author recognises city making as adding value and values simultaneously in everything undertaken. Together, the mindsets, skills and values embodied in these arts help make places out of simple spaces.

Following the widespread success of Landry's The Creative City, this new book explains how we can understand and reassess urban potential, helping cities to strengthen their identity and adapt to the changing economic dynamics, global terms of trade and mass migration. Aided by international case studies, the author examines deeper fault-lines, paradoxes and strategic dilemmas that make creating the 'good city' so difficult and crystallises how urban psychology can be used in decision making. Described by bigshots as "a truly inspirational tour de force" and "a bible for people interested in the future of a city", the book is thought-provoking and sensitive.

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