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Age of the City : Why our Future will be Won or Lost Together
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List of Figures Preface 1 Introduction 2 Engines of Progress 3 Levelling Up 4 Divided Cities 5 Remote Work: The Threat to Cities 6 Cities, Cyberspace, and the Future of Community 7 Beyond the Rich World 8 The Spectre of Disease 9 A Climate of Peril 10 Conclusion: Better Together Acknowledgements Notes Bibliography

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An in-depth look at the major challenges facing humanity today and why the city – the ultimate symbol of human ingenuity – is where these battles will be won or lost.

About the Author

Ian Goldin is Professor of Development and Globalisation at the University of Oxford and former Vice President of the World Bank. Ian’s recent publications include Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World (HC, 2021), Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years (PRH, 2020), and Age of Discovery (Bloomsbury, 2016). Tom Lee-Devlin is a writer at The Economist and co-host of the Money Talks podcast. He previously worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company and led research for the firm's global think tank, Bain Futures.

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A fresh, clear-eyed and timely analysis of the challenges and opportunities that comes from one of the most important themes of the 21st century – the rise of urbanisation and the fact that more people live in cities than at any time in human history.
*Peter Frankopan, author of The Earth Transformed and The Silk Roads*

Age of the City takes us on an absorbing journey through the relationships connecting civilization, progress, and the city.
*Tim Marshall, author of The Future of Geography*

Age of the City is the book we need now. Ian Goldin and Tom Lee-Devlin take aim at those who believe the age of our great cities is over. They marshal powerful and much needed evidence to show that cities are becoming even more important to our economy and society. Their book illuminates the ongoing ability of cities to preserve and thrive in the face of all manner of adversity, as platforms to harness and unleash the human creativity which stands as the engine of human progress. Their book is essential reading for political and business leaders and each and every one of us who cares about and wishes to help create a better collective future.
*Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class.*

A sweeping survey of the history and modern challenges facing cities that will persuade you that they are the key to a happier and more sustainable future together.
*Baroness Minouche Shafik, President and Vice-Chancellor, London School of Economics and Political Science*

Ian Goldin and Tom Lee-Devlin have written a compelling volume explaining why cities will survive and thrive despite the twin threats of remote work and pandemic. This book vividly explains how cities are engines of cooperation, which fundamentally enable us to become more human. Using a compelling combination of history and data, the authors remind us that life is better lived in urban streets and cafes than in Zoom waiting rooms. This is an important read for anyone who cares about cities.
*Professor Edward Glaeser, Economics Department Chair, Harvard University*

A compelling, holistic and well-balanced narrative on the critical role of cities in an age of global warming – full of insights based on hard data. From cover to cover, a great read. Full of positive ideas for the future, and grounded in vital lessons from the past. The authors link together many disparate subjects into one integrated whole – bringing alive history, planning, infrastructure, pandemics, urbanism, deprivation, industrialisation, fertility, wars, governance and more – all in support of the city.
*Lord Norman Foster, architect and designer*

Age of the City provides a startlingly fresh and compellingly readable account of the forces that have defined our past and will shape our future. An essential and enjoyable guide for all our lives.
*Professor Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and author of The Global City*

A sharp and lively urbanist manifesto…the chapters on pandemics and the rise of remote work sound a fresh and timely note.
*The Times Literary Supplement*

An insightful analysis.
*Irish Times*

This fascinating book explains the challenges [cities] pose and what needs to be done to make them work better for all their inhabitants.
*Financial Times*

Represent[s] useful approaches for understanding the urban space in which we live, work and play.
*financialtimes.com*

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