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Why Face-to-Face Still Matters: The Persistent Power of Cities in the Post-Pandemic Era

Author/EditorReades, Jonathan (King's College London) (Author)
Crookston, Martin (strategic planning co (Author)
ISBN: 9781529216004
Pub Date18/03/2021
BindingPaperback
Pages252
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w)
Why do businesses still value urban life over the suburbs or countryside? This accessible book makes the case for Face-to-Face contact, still considered crucial to many 21st century economies, and provides tools for thinking about the future of places from market towns to World Cities.
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What makes a great city? Why do people and businesses still value urban life and buildings over a quiet life in the suburbs or countryside? Now might seem a difficult time to make the case for social contact in urban areas - so why is face-to-face contact still considered crucial to many 21st-century economies?
In a look back over a century's-worth of thinking about cities, business and office locations, this accessible book explains their ongoing importance as places that thrive on face-to-face meetings, and in negotiating uncertainty and 'sealing the deal'.
Using interviews with business leaders and staff from knowledge-intensive, innovation-rich industries, it argues for the continuing value of the 'right' location despite the information revolution, the penetration of artificial intelligence (AI), and the COVID-19 pandemic. It also explores why digital systems have transformed businesses in cities and towns, but in fact have changed surprisingly little about the challenges of business life.
This timely book gives readers, including developers, investors, policy-makers and students of planning or geography, essential tools for thinking about the future of places ranging from market towns to great World Cities.

What makes a great city? Why do people and businesses still value urban life and buildings over a quiet life in the suburbs or countryside? Now might seem a difficult time to make the case for social contact in urban areas - so why is face-to-face contact still considered crucial to many 21st-century economies?
In a look back over a century's-worth of thinking about cities, business and office locations, this accessible book explains their ongoing importance as places that thrive on face-to-face meetings, and in negotiating uncertainty and 'sealing the deal'.
Using interviews with business leaders and staff from knowledge-intensive, innovation-rich industries, it argues for the continuing value of the 'right' location despite the information revolution, the penetration of artificial intelligence (AI), and the COVID-19 pandemic. It also explores why digital systems have transformed businesses in cities and towns, but in fact have changed surprisingly little about the challenges of business life.
This timely book gives readers, including developers, investors, policy-makers and students of planning or geography, essential tools for thinking about the future of places ranging from market towns to great World Cities.

Dr Jonathan Reades is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. He is a human geographer who uses quantitative social science methods to explore contemporary challenges in urban and regional development. He has a background in both planning and geography, and programming and 'big data' analytics, and has published widely in these areas. Martin Crookston is a strategic planning consultant, with experience ranging from London and Abu Dhabi to Prague and the Paris region. An urban economist and planner, he was a member of Lord Rogers's Urban Task Force, where he chaired the Working Group on Design & Transport. Much of his recent work has focussed on housing and regeneration, and he is the author of Garden Suburbs of Tomorrow? - a new future for the cottage estates (2014).

The Story so Far; Moving Stuff Around; Making Markets; Doing Deals; Talking Shop; Let's Talk: F2f Interaction Now; So What for 21st Century Places?; And in the End...

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