The City of Grace

An Urban Manifesto

  • David Wadley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 235-259

About this book


In this sweeping appraisal of the urban condition, David Wadley argues that anything less that high-level resolution in modelling the well-being of inhabitants is wasting precious time. Humanity is encountering rising entropy, caused by unsustainable economic and demographic expansion. Backed by a strong interdisciplinary backdrop featuring systems and crisis theories, The City of Grace tackles these obstacles by picturing gracious function and graceful form in a human-scale settlement. In an attempt to salvage things lost in the teleology of urban development over the last 100 years, the outlook is both heterodox and contrarian. How long can we all go on in the present way? In addressing grace, a more elevated concept than those focusing previous urban analyses, this manifesto aims not to placate or please but, instead, to get humanity to face the encompassing realities it tries so hard to forget.


urban development urban modelling environmental sustainability self-determination theory steady state economics

Authors and affiliations

  • David Wadley
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Earth and Environmental ScienceThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-1111-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-1112-7
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