Wendy Shillam is an award winning architect and urbanist. She has worked with and in cities for over 20 years in urban planning, regeneration and design. She has always enjoyed travel for the opportunity it offers to observe other cities at close quarters. And wherever she goes she uses her flair for languages to talk to people about their lifestyle and about their city.
This book started as a monograph on Venice, which she observed was one of the only examples in the world of a car free city. In 2006 she decided to close the urbanism branch of her practice and to take 2007 as a sabbatical year. During that year she was able to visit the 21 cities that are contained in this book and to use her analytical skills to examine and record what makes a city tick. She had time to think and time to talk in depth to people in each city.
She is now working on the Whitehill Bordon Eco-town in Hampshire.
"The Green Town Vision for Whitehill Bordon will see almost 300ha of redundant MoD land transformed into a zero carbon market town of 30,000 population, with a new town centre and 7,000 new jobs. For the first time in the UK a small town will make public transport, walking and cycling the main forms of transport.
Wendy Shillam can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org