“We live in awkward times. The world is turning to its darker face. The zeitgeist is one of rising anxiety. The grey zone disappears. Deep fractures are emerging within our world. Our social and our tribal nature and our in-group and out-group instincts are in tension as our world continues to shrink and our cities become more mixed, more nomadic and more diverse.
Some think this is too much and that it must stop, others are excited by the potential of being part of a bigger world. There is still a mix of optimism and pessimism. We have a stark choice: to close our worlds in or to open them out.”
“The Civic City in a Nomadic World has an ambitious aim to start a conversation about the promise of a different urban civilization that addresses a central challenge of the age.
We are in the midst of redesigning the world and all its systems as we witness and adapt to this mass movement of people, products, pollution, pathogens, factories and frenzied finance, ideas and identities in history. Vast flows make the new norm nomadic. Yet there is a yearning for belonging, distinctiveness and identity as the ‘anytime, anyplace, anywhere’ phenomenon — enabled by digitization — is changing how we interact with space, place and time.”
This illustrated book is a culmination of Charles Landry’s’ thinking and work over the last years combining his interest in fragility, the dynamics of urban life and the central challenges of the age.