Hundred Mile City

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9780156423571: Hundred Mile City

The new architectural shape of five world cities-London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. Sudjic tells how cities grow and change through their buildings and how people live and work in them. "Written with all the pace and drive of a high-speed freeway... Powerful and convincing" (J. G. Ballard). Index; photographs by Phil Sayer.

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About the Author:

Deyan Sudjic is director of the Design Museum, London, UK.

Before moving to his post at the Design Museum, he contributed to Schoolkids OZ, was the design and architecture critic for The Observer, the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University and Co-Chair of the Urban Age Advisory Board.

In 1983 he founded Blueprint, the monthly architecture magazine and went on to be first the magazine's editor and then its editorial director. From 2000 to 2004, he was the editor of Domus (magazine).

Alongside these roles, he was the Director of The Glasgow UK City of Architecture and Design program in 1999 and the Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002. He was also a juror for the design of London’s Aquatics Centre, which is to be built for the 2012 Olympics from a design by the architect Zaha Hadid.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Face it, the urban center cannot hold: This, in essence, is the message of British architecture-writer Sudjic's sweeping discussion of modern cities, especially those he deems the world's greatest: New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Tokyo. Hammering away with the now familiar observation that cities are spreading beyond their old boundaries, decaying in the center and reshaping themselves on the edges, Sudjic is especially impatient with those who idealize the urban past and what he calls the ``myth'' of community, and who are obsessed with saving ``elderly buildings'' even at the cost of displacing the poor. It's not that Sudjic glorifies current trends; he has as much distaste as those he criticizes for beltway office clusters ``where it is impossible to walk out at lunch time to the pub or cafe''; the centerless city that's Houston today (``you feel an emptiness everywhere''); the museum's new commercialism; huge warehouse stores like Ikea (shopping there ``makes life just a little more brutal''); and 80's overdevelopment in general. And, like everyone else, he deplores the massive public-housing projects that have only made low-income housing problems worse. Sudjic tries hard to defend ugly L.A., for example, from lovers of the ``picturesque''; to recognize airports as what he sees as authentic urban places; even to see Houston's vast void as ``exhilarating possibility.'' Yet the tone here is far from exhilarated. Even an early rundown of urban theorists and architects consists mostly of capsule characterizations followed by dismissive negative pronouncements. And though he takes on all the obligatory topics--theme parks and festival markets; grandiose postmodern kitsch; transit and tourism; and racial tensions--often Sudjic just touches these bases while relentlessly charging on. Not notably arresting in its insights, nor as strong and coherently argued as Joel Garreau's Edge City (1991). Sudjic is up on the issues, though, and his text could be useful for its sheer coverage, especially the international. (Photos throughout) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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