We live in a world that is now predominantly urban. So how do we define the city as it evolves in the 21st century? Drawing examples from across the globe, Deyan Sudjic decodes the underlying forces that shape our cities, such as resources and land, to the ideas that shape conscious elements of design, whether of buildings or of space. Erudite and entertaining, he considers the differences between capital cities and the rest to understand why it is that we often feel more comfortable in our identities as Londoners, Muscovites, or Mumbaikars than in our national identities.
About the Author
Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum, London. He has worked as a critic for the Observer and The Sunday Times, as the editor of Domus in Milan, as the director of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and as a curator in Glasgow, Istanbul and Copenhagen. He is the author of B is for Bauhaus, The Language of Things, and The Edifice Complex.
"A deeply original and necessary book." —Alain de Botton
"An indispensable guide to what makes a city a city." —Robert Bevan, Evening Standard
"Deyan Sudjic remains one of our most insightful commentators." —Royal Academy magazine
"A small, readable guide to what cities are and how they work." —Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times