Imagining the Modern City by James Donald Book PDF Summary
Paris, Berlin, London, Singapore, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles - these define 'the city' in the world's consciousness. James Donald takes us on a psychic journey to the places that have inspired artists, writers, architects and film-makers for centuries. Artists and social critics - from Dickens to Baudelaire, Fritz Lang, Virginia Woolf, Wim Wenders, Ridley Scott to others - have seen the city as the locus not just of vanity, squalor and injustice, but also of civilised society's highest aspirations. Considering the cultural and political implications of the 'urban imaginary', Donald contends that the imagined city remains the best lens for a future of democratic community. Imagining the Modern City also looks at how artists have shaped cities through their creation of public spaces, sculpture and architecture - art forms that help determine our ideas about our place in the urban environment.