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Concrete Cities

Why We Need to Build Differently

By Rob Imrie

Published

Oct 26, 2021

Page count

288 pages

ISBN

978-1529220520

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 26, 2021

Page count

288 pages

ISBN

978-1529220513

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 26, 2021

Page count

288 pages

ISBN

978-1529220537

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Concrete Cities

    This accessible critique of urban construction reimagines city development and life in an era of unprecedented building.

    Exploring the proliferation of building and construction, Imrie sets out its many degrading impacts on both people and the environment. Using examples from around the world, he illustrates how construction is motivated by economic and political ideologies rather than actual need, and calls for a more sensitive, humane, and nature-focused culture of construction.

    This compelling book calls for radical changes to city living and environments by building less, but better.

    “I found this book interesting and stimulating. It is well written and I loved reading it…the book is an important contribution to the existing literature” David Clapham, University of Glasgow

    Rob Imrie was previously Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London and retains a Visiting Professorship there. He has published widely on issues relating to architecture, urban design, and urban politics and regeneration.

    Introduction: The Omnipresent Nature of Building

    The Significance of Building and Construction

    Building and the Construction State

    Speculation and Building Booms

    Disruption, Displacement and Dispossession

    Demolition: Wasting the City and Teardown Building

    Why Building More Housing Won’t Work

    Building That Matters to People

    Constructing for Species Survival

    Building and Construction That Cares