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Modernity And Ambivalence

Modern civilization, Bauman argues, promised to make our lives understandable and open to our control. This has not happened and today we no longer believe it ever will. In this book, now available in paperback, Bauman argues that our postmodern age is the time for reconciliation with ambivalence, we must learn how to live in an incurably ambiguous world. less
Recommended by Jeremy Till, and 1 others.

Jeremy TillThe argument in the book is simply that modernity in its will to order and reason had waged a war on ambivalence, on the other, on outsiders and on contingency. (Source)

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The hidden story of L.A. Mike Davis shows us where the city's money comes from and who controls it while also exposing the brutal ongoing struggle between L.A.'s haves and have-nots. less
Recommended by Jeremy Till, Dennis McDougal, and 2 others.

Jeremy TillWhen I first arrived in Los Angles, before I read the book, I was completely and utterly bamboozled by the place. I was just thinking what the hell is going on here? (Source)

Dennis McDougalDavis built on the history and arguments that Carey McWilliams proffered in An Island on the Land half a century earlier. City of Quartz, which was actually a PhD dissertation that he turned into book form, looks at all of Southern California’s issues, including water, and weaves them together into a road map for the 21st century, with lots of warning signs along the way. He was wary of air... (Source)

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S, M, L, XL

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Jeremy TillKoolhaas is just the most brilliant architectural thinker and doer operating today and so I had to include him. (Source)

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*Cities cover just 2% of the world's surface, but consume 75% of the world's resources
*Global food production increased by 145% in the last 4 decades of the 20th century - yet an estimated 800 million people are still hungry
*In 2005 British supermarkets sent half a million tonnes of edible food to landfill - the whole food sector put together sent 17 million tonnes
*One quarter of the British population is obese - one in three meals we eat is a ready meal


The relationship between food and cities is fundamental to our every day lives. Food shapes...
Recommended by Jeremy Till, Richard Reynolds, and 2 others.

Jeremy TillHungry City shows how architects are far more enmeshed in the world around them than they themselves would like to believe. (Source)

Richard ReynoldsCarolyn Steel carries on the theme of how we use land. She deals with the very current concern that cities today are not sustainable because the hinterlands from which they are fed are running out. The trail that food has to take is enormous and also not sustainable. What Carolyn Steel does is give a fascinating historical perspective. You realise that these problems are nothing new. For example... (Source)

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All kinds of structures--domestic, commercial, institutional--are examined as they change with time and with varied usage in this fascinating, vividly accessible book that beckons toward a new frontier in architecture. 340 illustrations and photos. less

Jeremy TillStuart Brand is a person who thinks clearly about our future, and therefore is in a good position to comment on the future life of architecture. (Source)

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