Towards Cosmopolis – Planning for Multicultural Cities (Wiley, 1998) by Leonie Sandercock explores new visions for post-modern planning.
From polis to metropolis, men and women have continued to struggle to perfect our cities. urban history presents a picture of grand ideals and devastating failures. Towards Cosmopolis explores why we have failed, and how we could succeed, in building an urban with a difference. Globalization, civil society, feminism and post-colonialism are the forces, ever shifting and changing, which are shaping our cities. We need a new vision to face such change. Sandercock pulls down the pillars of modernist city planning and raises in their place a new post-modern planning, a planning sensitive to community, environment and cultural diversity.
Towards Cosmopolis is illustrated with case material from around the world – which present ‘a thousand tiny empowerments’ of current planning practice – and with a superb range of specially commissioned images. This bold critique cuts to the heart of current debates about the future of our cities. It deserves a place on every citizen’s shelf.
The text is in English. The book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs.
Our copy in stock is in very good condition. The pages are clean, the glueing of the binding is intact; the covers are fine.