Writing the City into Being


360 pages
36 color plates
190 x 125 mm
Soft cover
Publication date: September 2010
ISBN 978-0-9869850-0-3
ZAR 310.00

Product Description

Writing the City into Being is Bremner’s long-awaited collection of essays, spanning more than a decade of work on Johannesburg. It is both an unflinching analysis of the characteristics of an extraordinary city and a work of imagination – a bringing of the evasive city into being through writing.

Johannesburg has become a touchstone in critical thinking on the development of the twenty-first-century city, attracting scholars from around the world who seek to understand how cities are changing in the face of urban migration in all its myriad forms and the inflow of foreign capital and interest. Bremner is at the forefront of this scholarship. Her intimate knowledge of the city makes this a deeply personal but authoritative collection of essays.

Writing the City into Being is an important book for those seeking to understand cities in a rapidly changing and fragmenting world. Lindsay Bremner is an extraordinary guide to the city of Johannesburg, and one of its most incisive commentators.

Lindsay Bremner is Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. She was formerly Chair of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She holds a B.Arch degree from the University of Cape Town and M.Arch and D.Arch degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.


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