Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo
by Linda Lees*
Instability, creative tension, and entrepreneurial people on society’s margins are some of the qualities that have always been the hallmarks of dynamic and creative cities. So said Professor Sir Peter Hall in the probing book he wrote in 1998, Cities and Civilization. With his characteristic insight and erudition Mr. Hall, who sadly passed away in July, told the stories of “great cities in their golden ages.” He asked the question: “What makes a particular city at a particular time, suddenly become immensely creative, exceptionally innovative?” and answered with an in-depth exploration of the historical, cultural, and social factors that influenced cities from antiquity to the modern age. How did individual inspiration intersect with economic, political and social conditions to propel Athens, Florence, Rome, Glasgow, Manchester, London, and New York to the highest levels of achievement…
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