PD Smith

The urban age

15 May 2012 | cities, City, My Books | Post a comment

"Human history would be vastly different without cities. The move from village life, where one is surrounded by family and kin, to urban life among strangers – this has fundamentally shaped us as a species. Cities, as Lewis Mumford has said, are 'the molds in which men’s lifetimes have cooled and congealed.' Writing begins in cities, and cities are where the first libraries and museums are built. These dense centres of humanity have nurtured trade, science, religion, philosophy and theatre. The story of cities is also the story of human civilisation."

I've been interviewed about my new book City by Karl Whitney. Read the full interview at 3:AM Magazine.

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