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Creating Cities/Building Cities

Architecture and Urban Competitiveness Peter Karl Kresl, Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Bucknell University, US and President, Global Urban Competitiveness Project with Daniele Ietri, Associate Professor of Geography, eCampus University, Italy
For the past 150 years, architecture has been a significant tool in the hands of city planners and leaders. In Creating Cities/Building Cities, Peter Karl Kresl and Daniele Ietri illustrate how these planners and leaders have utilized architecture to achieve a variety of aims, influencing the situation, perception and competitiveness of their cities.
Extent: c 224 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: December 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78643 160 8
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Urban Economics
  • Geography
  • Cities and Urban Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Cities
  • Planning
For the past 150 years, architecture has been a significant tool in the hands of city planners and leaders. In Creating Cities/Building Cities, Peter Karl Kresl and Daniele Ietri illustrate how these planners and leaders have utilized architecture to achieve a variety of aims, influencing the situation, perception and competitiveness of their cities.

Whether the objective is branding, re-vitalization of the economy, beautification, development of an economic and business center, status development, or seeking distinction with the tallest building, distinctive architecture has been an essential instrument for those who manage the course of a city’s development. Since the 1870s, and the reconstruction of Chicago following the Great Fire, architecture has been affected powerfully by advances in design, technology and materials used in construction. The authors identify several key elements in such a strategic initiative and in the penultimate chapter examine several cases of cities that have ignored one or more of these elements and have failed in their attempt.

A unique set of insights into this fascinating topic, this study will appeal to specialists in urban planning, economic geography and architecture. Readers interested in urban development will also find its coverage accessible and enlightening.
‘In the 21st century, cities will increasingly become the dominant centres of economic and social activity and interaction. Understanding how they evolve and develop will be of crucial importance to ensuring their long-term success and sustainability. This book is a very welcome addition to the literature that seeks to explain both the tangible and intangible factors underpinning effective urban development.’
– Robert Huggins, Cardiff University, UK

Contents: 1. Introduction: Architecture and modern Cities PART I The Hard Side 2. Stimulating the Revival of the City 3. Establishing Business Center Status 4. Establishing Global City Status – the World’s Tallest Building 5. Creating Transformative Parks PART II The Soft Side 6. Establishing a ‘Brand’ or ‘Identity’ 7. Relating the City to the Nation 8. Attracting a Specific Social Cohort 9. Creating Community PART III Final thoughts 10. What Happens when a City Fails to Use Architecture Creatively? 11. Some Observations and Conclusions Bibliography Index