The Civic City in a Nomadic World
By Charles Landry, Comedia, United Kingdom, 2017, 288 pages, ISBN-10: 9462083886, ISBN-13: 978-9462083882
This major richly illustrated book entitled The Civic City in a Nomadic World is a culmination of Charles Landry's thinking and work over the past years combining his interest in fragility, the dynamics of urban life and the central challenges of the age. It is a verbal and visual story of the delights and discontents of the contemporary city. Charles Landry aims to start a conversation about the promise of a different urban civilization that addresses a central challenge of the age: "We are in the midst of redesigning the world and all its systems as we witness the biggest mass movement of people, goods, factories, frenzied finance and ideas in history. Vast flows make the new norm nomadic. Yet there is a yearning for belonging, distinctiveness and identity as the Ďanytime, anyplace, anywhere' phenomenon enabled by digitization is changing how we interact with space, place and time. Old certainties are crumbling and systems are breaking at escalating speed." According to Landry, we have a stark choice: to close our worlds in or to open them out. Cities need an overarching narrative that is positive, global, yet binds people to how they live. One where day-to-day behaviour melts with civic life.
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