At the moment, half of the world’s population lives in cities. Within two decades, this figure will increase to 60 per cent. Extreme wealth and extreme poverty occur alongside each other, but cities remain magnets that attract huge masses of people. For many, cities offer the opportunity for work and income, education and better facilities. Using eight different themes, the book \’cities in transition. power, environment, society\’ offers an intriguing picture of these developments and of our global future.
\’cities in transition. power, environment, society\’ investigates the recent urban and political-economic developments in North America, South America, Europe, South Africa and China. It features contributions by 30 experts in the field: Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Nicholas Bullock, George Baird, Saskia Sassen, Erik Swyngedouw, Brian McGrath, S.T.A. Pickett, Winny Dijkstra, Stephan Cairns, Herliliy and Eva Friedrich, Felipe Hernandez, Heidi Sohn, Marc Angélil and Cary Siress, Hidetoshi Ohno, Joan Busquets, West 8, MVRDV, Edgar Pieterse, Iain Low, Michiel Hulshof and Daan Roggeveen, Maarten Hajer en Ton Dassen, M. Christine Boyer, David Grahame Shane, Chu-joe Hsia, Wowo Ding, Arjan Harbers and Jan Bakkes, Weimin Zhuang, Jianguo Wang, Hongyuan Mei, Lingling Zhang, Baofeng Li, Lei.