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Welcome to the Urban Revolution

by Jeb Brugmann

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HarperCollins Publishers India, 2009. Softcover. New. What does it mean that half the world`s population now lives in cities? How do global health, financial, and environmental crises arise from local approaches to urban development? Why do some cities achieve their ambitious development plans, while most others—even the wealthiest cities—so often fail? Where do Indian cities stand? Jeb Brugmann shows how India`s continued rise is inextricably linked to its success in becoming an urban nation. Drawing on two decades of fieldwork he takes his readers on a street-level tour of the world`s cities, challenging conventional thinking about globalization and revealing cities as the medium for revolutionary change. Brugmann argues that the 21st century`s greatest challenges can—and must—be met through improved approaches to city building. Over the next 30 years, India`s urban population will double. In ten years, some 20 million new urban migrants, largely poor, will join the 62 million slum dwellers in India today. The country`s basic productivity, economic efficiency, and political stability, he explains, depends upon a renewal of Indian forms of urbanism, which cannot be substituted with imported designs and master planning schemes for the `next Shanghai.` Exploring the successes of cities like Barcelona, Chicago, Vancouver, and Brazil`s Curitiba, Brugmann shows how the world`s most progressive cities develop their own ""practices of urbanism,"" from the sidewalk up. These local urbanisms—ways of designing, governing, and living in cities that align competing interests behind common purposes—are what India needs today to manage its entry into the world`s first urban century. Printed Pages: 340.

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913–2008) was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He was the oldest son of a rice farmer who was also the local mayor. Fukuoka studied plant pathology and worked for number of years as a produce inspector in the customs office in Yokohama. But in 1938 he returned to his village home determined to put his ideas about natural farming into practice. During World War II, he worked for the Japanese government as a researcher on food production, managing to avoid military service until the final few months of the war. After the war, he returned to Shikoku to devote himself wholeheartedly to farming. And in 1975, distressed by the effects of Japan’s post-war modernization, Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution. In his later years, Fukuoka was involved with several projects to reduce desertification throughout the world. He remained an active farmer until well into his eighties, and continued to give lectures until only a few years before his death at the age of ninety-five. Fukuoka is also the author of The Natural Way of Farming and The Road Back to Nature. In 1988 he received the Magsaysay Award for Public Service. Frances Moore Lappé is author or co-author of sixteen books, including Diet for a Small Planet and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad. She has co-founded three organizations, including the Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. In 1987, she received the Right Livelihood Award, also called the “Alternative Nobel.” She has received seventeen honorary doctorates and has been a visiting scholar at MIT.


  • Bookseller: Sanctum Books IN (IN)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 27114
  • Title: Welcome to the Urban Revolution
  • Author: Jeb Brugmann
  • Format/binding: Softcover
  • Book condition: Used
  • Jacket condition: New
  • Quantity available: 500
  • Binding: Paperback
  • ISBN 10: 817223838X
  • ISBN 13: 9788172238384
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
  • Date published: 2009
  • Keywords: Welcome to the Urban RevolutionJeb Brugmann9788172238384


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