The director of the Design Museum defines the greatest artefact of all time: the city We live in a world that is now predominantly urban. So how do we define the city as it evolves in the twenty-first century? Drawing examples from across the globe, Deyan Sudjic decodes the underlying forces that shape our cities, such as resources and land, to the ideas that shape conscious elements of design, whether of buildings or of space. Erudite and entertaining, he considers the differences between capital cities and the rest to understand why it is that we often feel more comfortable in our identities as Londoners, Muscovites, or Mumbaikars than in our national identities.
A deeply original and necessary book Alain de Botton
Deyan Sudjic studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh, and has worked as a critic, editor and curator. Currently the director of the Design Museum, he helped to establish Blueprint magazine, edited Domus in Milan for a number of years, and was the director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002. He is a former architecture critic for the Observer, the Guardian and the Sunday Times.