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Jeb Brugmann: Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World

May 2009 - What does it mean that half the world’s people now live in cities—and that two billion more will join them over the next 25 years? How does this change the way the world works? In Welcome to the Urban Revolution, Jeb Brugmann draws on two decades of fieldwork to offer an eye-opening anatomy of our urbanising planet. Taking readers on a street-level tour of the world’s cities, Brugmann challenges conventional thinking about globalisation and reveals cities as the medium for revolutionary change.

Welcome to the Urban Revolution

Welcome to the Urban Revolution argues that the 21st century’s greatest challenges can—and must—be met through improved approaches to city building. Exploring the successes of cities like Barcelona, Chicago, Vancouver, and Brazil’s Curitiba, Brugmann shows how we can transform cities into more productive, equitable, and sustainable places. The most progressive cities, he reveals, have developed their own 'practices of urbanism', from the sidewalk up. These local urbanisms—ways of designing, governing, and living in cities that align competing interests behind common purposes—are what we need globally to guide an ever more urban civilisation.

About the Author

Read more about Jeb Brugmann on our Senior Associates page.

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Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World

Published: May 2009