CITIES – Brennpunkte der Menschheit
Authors: M. Eisl, G. Mansberger, P. Matzanetz, P. Schreilechner
The satellite image book CITIES shows fascinating views of the world’s cities in their full diversity. Again and again the selection of spectacular images surprises with unexpected perspectives: cities in extreme locations, ghost towns planned for millions of inhabitants, fascinating schemes, spectacular architecture, systematically planned and chaotically grown structures show up in the light of the countless colours of all continents of Earth. Together they make visible the dynamics of rise and fall of civilisations, but also the current, ever accelerating development of megacities with their mind-boggling dimensions.
The extra-terrestrial perspective of satellites allows also to compare cities as manifestations of their respective societal and political situations. The way in which societies are organized is especially well visible: mega-agglomerations, informal settlements, townships as a heritage of apartheid, prefabricated blocks in slab-construction, pseudo-urban artificial environments in the Arabic world and elsewhere. The spectrum ranges from exactly planned cities to uncoordinated development on one hand and on the other hand from antique cities to current projects in city planning, which give an idea of the future of the global success story of cities.