By Kingsley Dennis
It's tricky to visualize an international with out the automobile, and but that's precisely what Dennis and Urry got down to do during this provocative new booklet. They argue that the times of the automobile are numbered: strong forces all over the world are undermining the auto method and may herald a brand new shipping method someday within the following couple of a long time. particularly, the booklet examines how numerous significant procedures are shaping the way forward for how we shuttle, including:
• worldwide warming and its many worldwide consequences
• Peaking of oil supplies
• elevated digitisation of many elements of financial and social life
• colossal worldwide inhabitants increases
The authors examine adjustments in expertise, coverage, financial system and society, and make a resounding argument for a destiny the place, via necessity, the current automobile procedure may be re-designed and re-engineered.
Yet the ebook additionally means that there are a few highly bleak dilemmas dealing with the 21st century. The authors lay out what they think about to be attainable ‘post-car’ destiny situations. those they describe as ‘local sustainability’, ‘regional warlordism’ and ‘digital networks of control’.
After The Car could be of serious curiosity to planners, coverage makers, social scientists, futurologists, these operating in undefined, in addition to normal readers.
Some have defined the 20 th Century because the century of the auto. Now that century has come to an in depth – and issues are approximately to change.
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After the Car by Kingsley Dennis