Cities in Transition deals with the effects of globalization and internationalization in relation to urbanism and critical assessment in contemporary theory. The book brings together internationally known authors from many countries including England, the USA, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands.
A diversity of critical positions on spatial and social questions is discussed on an international level. The theme of globalization is queried concerning the relation of urban and port developments in Tokyo’s Bay Area and in Rotterdam. Cities have historically allowed the coming about of national economies, politics and societies we can think of as centralized. In several contributions this aspect is examined from the viewpoint of the flâneur, a creature of the metropolis, Parisian above all.
As for their present day economic function, cities provide agglomeration economies, with a massive concentration of information on the latest developments. The book argues for a new reflexivity related to both economic and cultural understanding of our world. Cities in Transition is the third volume in the Stylos Critical Landscape series, issued by the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology.
© 2008 Jeroen Mensink