Item description for Talking Cities: The Micropolitics of Urban Space / Die Mikropolitik des urbanen Raums by Francesca Ferguson...
Featuring innovative international design, architecture and spatial interventions in a trans-disciplinaryplatform, the magazineTalking Citiesstretches the boundaries of architecture and urban design and shifts our perceptions of contemporary city spaces. It is a dense collage of statements and designs that exemplify the dialogue on reconfiguring and reactivating the marginal, residual and public spaces of our cities. Talking Cities investigates the fragmented conditions that make up our present day urban realities.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.2" Width: 9.69" Height: 0.39" Weight: 2.03 lbs.
Release Date May 16, 2006
Publisher Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN 3764377275 ISBN13 9783764377274
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brief global survey Oct 4, 2007
Written in German and English, the book is a glossy exhibition of urban architecture throughout the world. Not all the photos are of beautiful, sparkling buildings. One shows some kids riding mountain bikes over an old rubbish dump in a European city.
Other photos are of Desert Cities in Egypt. Commissioned by Sadat, these are high rises of flats. Each some 10 stories or so. The extreme population pressures along the Nile has given rise, of necessity, to some very bleak images. The snapshots of the cities show concrete buildings surrounded by desert sands, with very little vegetation to relieve the stark monotony.
Some of the so-called "Risky Buildings" of Britain are shown. Some architects claim unappreciated merits to these buildings, to try to ensure their preservation. The photos of the buildings may lead some readers to agree. But some buildings do seem deserving of take down.