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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; With a Foreword by Richard Flo ed. edition (Aug. 24 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691157812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691157818
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Winner of the 2014 AAG Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography, Association of American Geographers

One of The Globe and Mail 75 Book Ideas for Christmas 2014

"This fascinating survey effectively complemented and enriched by color maps, charts, and illustrations, celebrates the urban landscape's past, present, and potential for the future. Intended for the general reader, Knox's reference is recommended to anyone interested in urban studies and geography."--Library Journal (Starred Review)

"[T]he large format of this coffee-table book provides room for a stunning abundance of photographs, charts, graphs, maps, and other enhancements that make Atlas of Cities as much a visual experience as a narrative one."--Ray Bert, Civil Engineering

"This elegantly illustrated volume is a feast of maps and graphics. . . . Geographers, sociologists, architects, and urban planners have contributed clear thematic chapters, and the result is a book that will encourage readers to think differently about many cities, including their own."--Graeme Wood, Pacific Standard

"A cartographic buffet that lays out how our metropolises came to be and what makes them tick."--John King, San Francisco Chronicle

"[T]his is a volume that could excite exploration of those more flexible sources, and its prose, design and illustration will surely achieve that for some who come across it--perhaps in libraries or classrooms."--Alan Mabin, Urban Africa

"A lavish, exhaustive look at the history, transformation, and future of urban centres around the globe. The perfect book for the Richard Florida--who, coincidentally, wrote the foreword--in your life."--Globe and Mail

"Much more than a book. Through innovative maps, charts, info-graphics and tables, Atlas lays out the cycles of consumption, creation, and decay that drive the living spaces that will soon house three-fourths of the human race, up from today's half. This book doesn't tell you about cities, it lets you understand them."--Dan Bischoff, Newark Star-Ledger

"This atlas does not graph the usual geographic shapes of cities, but tries to diagram the many other dimensions within cities around the world. Taking example from many specific cities (such as Istanbul, or Cairo) it tries to dissect, almost like an x-ray, the many organs, tissues, cells, and anatomy of a typical city. . . . This book will likely illuminate your world."--Kevin Kelly, Wink

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"This is an atlas with a difference. It broaches the complexity of the urban experience directly and in a beautifully persuasive graphical way, showing how this great variety of city types and features can be explained both chronologically and geographically. A wonderful book of new insights about how our contemporary cities have evolved."--Michael Batty, author of The New Science of Cities

"The Atlas of Cities is a major contribution to our understanding of the place of cities in today's world. This is a new type of map. It does what words alone cannot do; it makes visible the thick patterns that are cutting across old divides."--Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and author of Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy

"This vibrant book provides an exciting and insightful tour of the cities that are shaping humanity's future; every would-be urbanist can learn something from this volume."--Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

"'Form follows function' was the watchword of twentieth-century modernists but, as the Atlas of Cities deftly shows, the concept has undergirded city building from the start. From imperial Rome and industrial Manchester to today's Asian megacities and border-transcending anomalies like Miami and Dubai, Paul Knox and his talented team of scholars read each city's meaning through its built environment. Packed with info-graphics that are often quirky but always relevant, reading the Atlas of Cities is like walking through the world's great metropolises--something new to ponder around every corner."--Daniel Brook, author of A History of Future Cities

"The Atlas of Cities is an exhaustive and visually captivating field guide to the past history, present tensions, and future transformation of our planet by humanity's city builders."--Anthony M. Townsend, author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

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HASH(0xa05f2c3c) out of 5 stars I couldn't help noticing the previous (first) review of this ... Nov. 5 2014
By richard harris - Published on
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I couldn't help noticing the previous (first) review of this book, which I thought was unfairly critical. The reviewer seemed to be looking for something quite different from what this atlas sets out to do. This is not a 'history of cities' book. (If you want that, check out the recent Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History, edited by Peter Clark.)

Instead, this is a highly imaginative attempt to show how cities matter. The illustrations are very original, even stunning. The geographical range is very wide. I see this as above all inspirational, rather than comprehensive, although it does cover just about all the topics that you might imagine ... and then some.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05f2c90) out of 5 stars An excellent and fun read! Nov. 6 2014
By TJV - Published on
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Without a doubt, this is my favorite book in urban affairs for the year of 2014. Paul Knox and his colleagues have produced a timely, informative, and deeply rich account of the evolution of urban form and cities throughout the world. It is well-written, balanced, and beautifully produced. Indeed, the stunning infographics, detailed maps, and use of color set a new standard for books in our field. I highly recommend "Atlas of Cities" for the general reader, the seasoned scholar, and the student.
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HASH(0xa05f2f6c) out of 5 stars Excellent book March 12 2015
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This is one of my favourite books on urban studies, with extensive coverage on world's city development, West or East. Learned a lot from the book even though I am not unfamiliar with the topic. Very well written and organized. I love it.
HASH(0xa05f2e64) out of 5 stars Interesting book. As most books that intend to be ... Aug. 5 2015
By Rua Principal - Published on
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Interesting book. As most books that intend to be comprehensive, it lacks some information that could be particularly interesting, also the examples chosen tend to be a bit repetitive, with all the obvious classics London, Paris, Brasilia, etc...The book could benefit from new cases not yet so overtsudied.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05f306c) out of 5 stars A KEEPER IN ANY RESEARCH LIBRARY April 24 2015
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I found the "Atlas of Cities" to be even better than I expected it to be. Its historical record describing how the various types of cities came to be, was filled with documented records which contained information that had eluded me during four years of college, three years of Seminary, forty-five years of professional life, and my total of 91 years and four months, with wide-reading subject matter, some minor professionally published writing on senior living, and interchanges with my family, friends, and a few world leaders. Its Green City section offers the most hope I've seen in years that at least some folks are living "green" as far as "carbon footprints"" and "water conservation" are concerned. All the designated City sections were absolutely filled with information and this book will be a KEEPER in my research library, long after I'm gone.---Bill Warner