As leaders from global cities around the world prepare to converge at the inaugural Chicago Forum on Global Cities May 27-29, the concept, context and definition of global cities remain relatively unexplored. In my new book, On Global Cities, I take a fresh and focused look at global cities — what they are, why they are special, what makes them global, how they emerged, and where they are going. Watch a video preview of On Global Cities.
On Global Cities, available today also through Amazon, iTunes, and Android, synthesizes the latest literature on the nascent field of global cities. My work traces the emergence of global cities through globalization and defines the essential elements required to make a city global in nature. It further illuminates the relationships between global cities and their more locally focused neighbors, showcasing the “high fliers” along the way and diagnosing ills of the modern global city.
On Wednesday, May 27, I will discuss what makes a global city with the Financial Times’ Edward Luce.