From Lapham's Quarterly, a special issue on The City. From City Journal, Victor Davis Hanson on the destiny of cities: Throughout history, forces both natural and human have made cities rise and fall; Asian megacities, free and unfree: How politics has shaped the growth of Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul; and Brandon Fuller and Paul Romer on cities from scratch and a new path for development. From THES, a review of The Just City by Susan S. Fainstein; and a review of City Life by Adrian Franklin. There is a growing understanding that it is actually “love” that will be the prime force in the future economy of successful 21st century cities. The 30 most dynamic cities on Earth: Which metropolis is leading the world out of the recession? The answer is Istanbul — and the rest of the list is equally surprising. Mario Polese on seven reasons why big cities matter more than ever. Ross Perlin on ten megacities of the near future. What makes a city grow and thrive, and what causes it to stagnate and fall? Geoffrey West thinks the tools of physics can give us the answers. Tom Vanderbilt on how a planned highway can change a city, even if it never gets built. A new era for the city-state: Joel Kotkin on the New World Order. An article on predicting the climate-changed city of the future. An innovator in every apartment: Conor Friedersdorf on how cities should unravel their pre-digital regulations.
A new issue of Human Affairs is out. William Beaver (RMU): The Failed Promise of Nuclear Power. From The Dark Mountain Project, an interview with with David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World. The birth of power dressing: Why the Renaissance was a turning point in people’s attitudes to clothes and their appearance. All science fiction looks towards the future of our race, but that is a broad brush — but some of science fiction is really just the simple reiteration of Luddite fears. Vanity Fair profiles Julian Assange, the man who spilled the secrets. What if WikiLeaks' dream of open society became reality? Maria Bustillos on our desperate, 250-year-long search for a gender-neutral pronoun. Picking the Wrong Witch: Dubravka Ugresic creates exquisite art from the pain of war and exile. Why we must own up to the human cost of our obsession with cheap clothes: 100 Bangladeshi workers died in a fire, just the latest tragedy in a country where 40 million toil for a pittance to keep our high street shelves stocked. How did the Jimmy Choo label become a $200 million business in just a decade? A review of The Jimmy Choo Story: Power, Profits and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe by Lauren Goldstein Crowe and Sagra Maceira de Rosen. Shami Chakrabarti on Human Rights: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a thinly veiled metaphor for the War on Terror.
Communicating across the academic divide: Universities must nurture interdisciplinary relationships, which can lead to creative ideas that could fuel the economy's long-term health. Are English departments killing the humanities? From Minding the Campus, Russell K. Nieli on why Caltech is in a class by itself. What does a relationship between the intuitive symbolic work of children and the design of contemporary technologies mean for the academic world? The man who financed Facebook is offering 20 two-year $100,000 fellowships to teenagers with big ideas — as long as they leave university. An article on the 7 most important classes to take in college. With a cross-disciplinary approach to education, we can train a new class of problem-solvers to address current global challenges, from poverty to climate change. No talking in class: Campus liberals sacrificed free expression on the altar of political correctness. What happens when college is oversold: Why are more and more college graduates not entering the class of professional, technical and managerial workers that has been considered the main avenue of employment? An interview with Ronald A. Smith, author of Pay for Play: A History of Big-Time College Athletic Reform. For-profit college companies are taking in enormous amounts of federal student aid money by recruiting and enrolling members of the military, veterans and their families, with questionable returns.