Samira Shackle and Ben Wilson

Samira Shackle and Ben Wilson

How Do We Re-imagine the City?

Festival of the Future City/
Wed 17 February 2021
18:00-18:45
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8

Samira Shackle and Ben Wilson

How Do We Re-imagine the City?

Samira Shackle and Ben Wilson
Wed 17 February 2021,
18:00-18:45
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8

Ben Wilson conducts a global tour of the key metropolises of history while Samira Shackle goes deep into the vast and sprawling modern-day mega-city of Karachi, Pakistan.

Together they explore how our cities are created, managed and how they might be re-imagined.

Cities have sparked most of our political, social, commercial, scientific and artistic revolutions. It is these world-changing, epoch-defining moments that are Wilson’s focus.

Karachi is a place of political turbulence; a melting pot of cultures and religions; a city of lavish wealth and absolute poverty. Shackle uncovers the lives of a few of its 20 million inhabitants so she can tell the bigger story of the city as a whole over the past decade.

With their cosmopolitanism under increasing attack from the revival of nationalism, it has never been more important to understand cities and the role they have played in making us who we are.

This is an advance event for the fourth Festival of the Future City that takes place 20-22 October 2021.

Ben Wilson’s Metropolis: A History of Humankind’s Greatest Invention is published by Jonathan Cape; Samira Shackle’s Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Contested City is published by Granta. Buy both books from Waterstones, our bookselling partners.

Metropolis by Ben Wilson  Karachi Life by Samira Shackle

Samira Shackle credit Peter Fingleton

 

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