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By Daniel Brook

ISBN-10: 0393348865

ISBN-13: 9780393348866

Each month, 5 million humans stream from the earlier to the long run. Pouring into developing-world “instant cities” like Dubai and Shenzhen, those city newbies confront a latest international cobbled jointly from fragments of a West they've got by no means noticeable. Do those fantastical boomtowns, the place blueprints spring to existence in a single day on virgin land, characterize the dawning of a courageous new international? Or is their vaunted newness a mirage?

In an enthralling mixture of background and reportage, Daniel Brook travels to a chain of significant metropolitan hubs that have been as soon as themselves immediate cities— St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Mumbai—to watch their “dress rehearsals for the twenty-first century.” figuring out today’s rising international order, he argues, calls for comprehending the West’s profound and conflicted effect on developing-world towns over the centuries.

In 1703, Tsar Peter the nice for my part oversaw the development of a brand new Russian capital, a “window at the West” conscientiously modeled on Amsterdam, that he believed could wrench Russia into the trendy international. within the 19th century, Shanghai grew to become the fastest-growing urban in the world because it mushroomed into an English-speaking, Western-looking city that simply occurred to be within the some distance East. in the meantime, Bombay, the cosmopolitan hub of the British Raj, morphed right into a tropical London by the hands of its pith-helmeted imperialists.

Juxtaposing the tales of the architects and authoritarians, the artists and revolutionaries who seized the reins to rework each one of those precociously smooth areas into avatars of the worldwide destiny, Brook demonstrates that the force for modernization used to be before everything conflated with wholesale Westernization. He indicates, too, the ambiguous legacy of that emulation—the start (and rebirth) of chinese language capitalism in Shanghai, the origins of Bollywood in Bombay’s American-style motion picture palaces, the flamable mixture of innovative tradition and politics that rocked the Russian capital—and the way it might be transcended today.

A attention-grabbing, vibrant glance from the previous out towards the horizon, A background of destiny Cities is either a very important reminder of globalization’s lengthy march and an inspiring check out the chances of our Asian Century.

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7 These comments surprised me greatly. And I was even more surprised at a statement made by Gropius in a letter in the June 1963 number of The Journal of Architectural Education. "8 I do not believe that this HANDWORK VERSUS MACHINE PRODUCTION 59 tallies with the facts as they emerged from an investigation of the documentary material bearing on the matter. 9 Gropius saw fit to reply again: In his answer to my statement on the Bauhaus in your last issue, Mr. Dearstyne has come to a wrong conclusion.

The major emphasis is on the sad plight of craftsmanship and the need to inject new life into it by furnishing it with fresh talent. But far from sending trained men into industry, Gropius seems to rejoice that designers already in industry were flocking back to handwork. This speech to the legislature was undoubtedly a major effort on his part since, even at that early date, it could have affected the decision of the legislature to allow the Bauhaus to continue. We can assume that he prepared it with the utmost care in order to present the Bauhaus case as accurately, and in as favorable a light, as possible.

THE LAUNCH OF T H E BAUHAUS 41 neymen and apprentices in his own school. " The antiquated terminology of the proclamation was dropped when the Bauhaus moved to Dessau. The actual "Program of the State Bauhaus in Weimar" occupies two pages of the brochure, with a list of projected plans and principles: The character of the teaching derives from the nature of the workshop: Organic creation developed out of skill in handwork. Avoidance of all inflexibility; advancement of the creative; individual freedom, but hard study.

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