City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age (Hardback)P.D. Smith (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 1222 g
Dimensions: 234 x 175 x 36 mm
Smith packs the blood, guts, underbelly and driving forces of the archetypal city into chapters as densely packed as the streetscapes of Manhattan or Hong Kong ... The sorcery of cities should not be lost; Smith's ebullient guidebook helps to remind us why * Guardian *
Well-researched, well-written and clear * Financial Times, Books of the Year *
It's a wonderful book: BLDGBLOG meets Italo Calvino. Gorgeous, smart, fun, and full of surprises, like wandering all the world's great cities at once ... Irresistible * Wired.com *
Handsome and well-written ... the great strength of City is that it gathers in one place myriad themes and angles, providing generalists with a highly readable, pithy resume of centuries of city-related happenings and trends. Authors such as Alain de Botton and Iain Sinclair have covered similar territory elsewhere, but Smith is less pretentious and and less opaque than either * TLS *
City is wholly accessible to the serious general reader ... If there's anything of consequence about cities that Smith fails to discuss or at least mention, I don't know what it is * Washington Post *
This offering is generalist in focus, well presented and strikingly illustrated. It is...a most readable and accessible guidebook backed up by a very full bibliography and notes. This is not a guide to cities, but to the human phenomenon that is the city. Take this to New York and you will get lost, take it to bed and you will be inspired. Peter Smith is a journalist and his easy style makes it a pleasure to read... The book is an excellent introduction to the city, and should be on every student's reading list. It is a valuable scenesetter and allows the reader to dip in and out at will, which is exactly what a guidebook should do. -- Richard Cole * Urban Design *
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