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Acknowledgements vii 1 Introduction: Cities by Design 1 2 The Social Life of Urban Form: Size, Density, Diversity 26 3 Unequal Cities, Segregated Spaces 60 4 The Contradictions of Informality 91 5 Urban Environments: Ecology, Inequity, Mobility 113 6 Infrastructure as 'Design Politics' 138 7 Afterword: The Possible City 159 References 178 Index 201

About the Author

Fran Tonkiss is Reader in Sociology and Director of the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is author, among other books, of Space, The City and Social Theory (Polity, 2005), and Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (Polity, 2001, with Don Slater), and is managing editor of Economy and Society and former editor of the British Journal of Sociology.


"A momentous work of uncommon intelligence and clarity thatpacks a powerful political punch." Morning Star "Finally, a book on urban design that gets close to the formal andinformal practices, the material, social and virtual matter, andthe deliberate and deliberative impulses that make and unmakecities. Fran Tonkiss offers a whole new repertoire of possibilitiesto help fashion the liveable and democratic city." Ash Amin, University of Cambridge "Tonkiss is among the most insightfully spatial of urbansociologists and uses this social-spatial acuity to re-design urbandesign as the social life of urban form . Cities byDesign re-opens the old claim that urban design can become aconvergent focus for critical thinking and effective practiceacross all disciplines and professions. Tonkiss applies herexpanded vision of design to such controversial issues as densityand sprawl, inequality and injustice, segregation and diversity,ordinary urbanism and informality, environmental racism andsustainability, never losing touch with practical, political, andpolicy implications." Edward Soja, UCLA

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