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Citymakers by Cassim Shepard
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Oct 17, 2017 | ISBN 9781580934855

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“Shepard, founding editor of the online publication Urban Omnibus, presents readers with a rich view of the challenges of and opportunities for sustainable “citymaking” in an era of increasing economic inequality and destabilizing climate change…. The book offers a passionate and informed plea for citizens at the local level to recognize and invest in both daily and long-range projects that support the urban environment.”
Publishers Weekly

“There are many hundreds of books being written about cities today but very few that make the leap beyond the academy. Citymakers is that rare wonder: a solidly researched, compelling argument for a reinvention of urbanism, told in beautiful prose that is accessible to anyone who is interested in how cities work. Cassim Shepard has brought his keen eye, his nimble brain, and his generous heart to this exploration of cities, and produced a landmark that I will be turning to again and again.”
—Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found 
“To respond to a contemporary urban condition challenged by growing inequality and rising seas, designers must engage the creative coalitions emerging among citizen-activists, ecologists, artists, and public servants. In Citymakers, Cassim Shepard suggests new methods of engagement, offering a vital account of how—and by whom—cities are made today.”
—Sir David Adjaye, architect, lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
“The right to the city resides in the diffusion of planning power, capacity, and creativity as the hallmarks of democratic urbanity. The dedicated “citymakers” described in this wise and generous book work at many scales—and via many practices—to ameliorate the city both physically and socially. Cassim Shepard situates their inspiring stories in an ethical and conceptual context that probes how we might harmonize a shared political economy and a sustainable built environment.”
—Michael Sorkin, author of Twenty Minutes in Manhattan 
“As the ownership of urban land is increasingly consolidated in fewer and fewer hands, we must highlight small acts of citizenship and design that reaffirm the values of public life and the public goods we hold in common. In Citymakers, Cassim Shepard does just this by combining narrative field reports of contemporary local practitioners with a broad reading of the intellectual history of the city.”
—Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, author of Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity  in the Global Economy

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