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Against Urbanism, EPUB eBook

Against Urbanism EPUB


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After demolishing the myth of the rock star architect with his book Against Architecture (PM Press, 2012, also available), Franco La Cecla now explores the decisive challenges that cities are going to have to confront in the near future.

Urban planning and development has become increasingly inadequate in response to the daily realities of life in our cities.

Human, economic, ethnic and environmental factors are systematically overlooked in city planning and housing development, and anachronistic, sterile and formalistic architecture almost invariably prevails.

Meanwhile, our cities grow out of internal impulses, not only in slums and favelas but through the pressing needs for public spaces which have sprung forth in great events and movements such as Istanbul's Gezi Park and Occupy Wall Street.

Never more than today has democracy played itself out in public spaces, sidewalks and streets.

Urban planners and developers, however, are still prisoners of an obsolete vision of passivity wh


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