The Inevitable Specificity of Cities

What is a city? What deter­mi­nes its spe­ci­fi­ci­ty? What shapes its qua­li­ty? The evo­lu­ti­on of the con­tem­pora­ry city does not fol­low a line­ar move­ment. It is shaped by trans­for­ma­ti­on pro­ces­ses that are direc­ted toward often distant and con­flic­ting goals. Even though cities are inscri­bed into glo­bal pro­ces­ses and net­works, they deve­lop their own spe­ci­fic ways of dealing with the­se con­di­ti­ons. They tend to pro­du­ce and repro­du­ce their own spe­ci­fi­ci­ty, their own pat­terns and cha­rac­ter traits. Using the cate­go­ries of ter­rito­ry, power, and difference—also len­ding the book its structure—the texts ana­ly­ze dif­fe­rent case stu­dies of cities and urba­ni­zed ter­ri­to­ries, ran­ging from the Cana­ry Islands to Hong Kong and Nai­ro­bi, unfol­ding the dis­tinc­tiveness of their phy­si­cal and soci­al exis­ten­ces. 

Author(s): Chris­ti­an Die­ner, Jac­ques Her­zog, Mar­cel Mei­li, Pierre de Meu­ron, Manu­el Herz, Chris­ti­an Schmid, Mili­ca Topal­o­vic
Edi­ted by ETH Stu­dio Basel

17,6 x 24 cm, 6 ¾ x 9 ½ in
312 pages, 263 illus­tra­ti­ons
hard­back
2015, 978–3‑03778–374‑0, Eng­lish