Restless Cities

Leading writers reimagine the city as a site of ceaseless change and motion.
The metropolis is a site of endless making and unmaking. From the attempt to imagine a ‘city-symphony’ to the cinematic tradition that runs from Walter Ruttmann to Terence Davies, Restless Cities traces the idiosyncratic character of the metropolitan city from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first-century megalopolis. With explorations of phenomena including nightwalking, urbicide, property, commuting and recycling, this wide-ranging new book identifies and traces the patterns that have defined everyday life in the modern city and its effect on us as individuals. Bringing together some of the most significant cultural writers of our time, Restless Cities is an illuminating, revelatory journey to the heart of our metropolitan world.
With contributions by Marshall Berman, Kasia Boddy, Iain Borden, Rachel Bowlby, Geoff Dyer, Patrick Keiller, Esther Leslie, Michael Newton, Chris Petit, Michael Sayeau, Michael Sheringham, Iain Sinclair, David Trotter, and Mark W. Turner


  • “A culturally and historically rich illumination of the city in all its complexity.”
  • “A richly alternative guide to city living.”
  • “A gem of a book, by turns inspiring, shocking and consistently intelligent.”
  • “Bold and admirable.”
  • “Fresh and piquant observations about aspects of modern living.”


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