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Why Face-to-Face Still Matters

The Persistent Power of Cities in the Post-Pandemic Era

By Jonathan Reades and Martin Crookston

Published

18 Mar 2021

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529216004

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Mar 2021

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529215991

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Mar 2021

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529216011

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Why Face-to-Face Still Matters

    What do cities do that suburbs or countryside can’t? Tracking more than a century’s worth of thinking across infrastructures, markets, and changing technologies, this book drills down into the realities of modern city business life to explore why central places have come to dominate economic life in the 21st Century.

    COVID-19 has meant it’s a difficult time to be putting the case for the importance of Face-to-Face, but the book outlines how it can help us—often in unobserved ways—to negotiate uncertainty and to ‘seal the deal’.

    Using interviews with staff and business leaders from high-profile industries to bring it to life, the book argues for the value of the ‘right’ location during and after the pandemic, and explains why ICT has transformed both businesses, and our cities and towns, and yet also changed little about the underlying challenges of business life.

    This accessible book gives readers including developers, investors, and policy-makers essential tools for thinking about the future of places ranging from market towns to great World Cities.

    Dr Jonathan Reades is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. He is a human geographer who uses quantitative social science methods to explore contemporary challenges in urban and regional development. He has a background in both planning and geography, and programming and ‘big data’ analytics, and has published widely in these areas.

    Martin Crookston is a strategic planning consultant, with experience ranging from London and Abu Dhabi to Prague and the Paris region. An urban economist and planner, he was a member of Lord Rogers’s Urban Task Force, where he chaired the Working Group on Design & Transport. Much of his recent work has focussed on housing and regeneration, and he is the author of Garden Suburbs of Tomorrow? - a new future for the cottage estates (2014).

    The Story so Far;

    Moving Stuff Around;

    Making Markets;

    Doing Deals;

    Talking Shop;

    Let’s Talk: F2f Interaction Now;

    So What for 21st Century Places?;

    And in the End…