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Song Of The Flyovers

Ever increasingly, cities make us. Their revolutionary force is optimal if planners can keep pace with people.

Song Of The Flyovers
Atul Loke
Song Of The Flyovers
outlookindia.com
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Jeb Brugmann has worked as an urban planner in several cities around the world. This book compiles his observations and analysis of how cities work, and in the process he upends the prevailing tenets of urban planning. He argues that the so-called problems of urbanisation are, in fact, potential solutions-in-the-making for emerging ‘world city systems’ in an increasingly interconnected, urbanising world. It is an eclectic tour de force conceptually connecting, for example, Tiruppur and Dharavi to Curitiba (in Brazil) and Barcelona, to explain the significance of the current processes of urbanisation and globalisation.

Of course, these are not new ideas: 20 years ago, the National Commission on Urbanisation had proposed that Indian cities should be planned as ‘engines of growth’. This was apostasy, which did not find support then, nor is it likely to today. Urban planning here is rooted in colonial imperatives, and urban planners view cities as stable, well-regulated entities, where citizens are expected to follow...

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