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How to Read Towns and Cities: A Crash Course in Urban Architecture : A Crash Course in Urban Architecture - Jonathan Glancey

How to Read Towns and Cities: A Crash Course in Urban Architecture

A Crash Course in Urban Architecture

Paperback Published: 5th May 2016
ISBN: 9781474219266
Number Of Pages: 256

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How to Read Towns & Cities is a pocket-sized primer to understanding the forces that have shaped the worlds cities. It takes a practical, highly visual approach showing us how to read the stories embedded in the fabric of the neighbourhoods, towns, and cities in which we live today. The fortunes of towns and cities rise and fall along with the fate of the civilisations to which they belong.

Some are lost entirely, now no more than ruins; others have thrived as urban centres for millennia; and all contain vital clues embedded in their streets and skylines which reveal why their inhabitants grouped together, and tell of their unique social, political and cultural histories. Packed with plans, maps, and drawings, this book takes the reader on an international journey of discovery to explore the history of cities from our earliest urban origins to the contemporary world city from Babylon to Beijing, London to Paris, and from the skyscrapers of New York to the streets of their own home town.

A must-read for anyone interested in history, cities, and travel, this fascinating book turns the reader into urban detective to see how our towns and cities grew the way they are.


Elements of the City


First Cities
Classical Cities
China & the Far East
The Americas
Muslim Era Cities
Medieval Towns
The Baroque City
Italian Hill Towns
Cities of God
Tidal Cities
Hanseatic Towns
Industrial Towns
Politics & Power
Ideal Towns
Ideal Cities
Organic Growth
Shanty Towns
Garrison Towns
Island Towns & Cities
Cities of Towers
Underground Cities
New Towns
Green Towns
Abandoned Cities
Future Cities

ISBN: 9781474219266
ISBN-10: 1474219268
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 5th May 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.2 x 13.3  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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