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    Albert Boswijk

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    'Metropolis, man's greatest invention', Ben Wilson (2020)

    In historian Wilson's book, the city is described in dilemma terms.'Metropolis, man's greatest invention', Ben Wilson (2020), Spectrum. (referring to Ch10 The Vibrant City). Throughout the centuries, the city has been characterised and described as either a utopia or a dystopia. 'In Western culture, there have always been many anti-urban sentiments: the city has been seen as a force that leads to atomised societies, destroys communities and disrupts the 'natural' component of human nature. But the city has also been hailed as the best invention humans have ever made. Meanwhile, urbanisation has progressed far: in 2030, two-thirds of humanity will live in cities. Wilson characterises the utopian and the dystopian city.

    When considering a city, all kinds of dilemmas come to light. For example:

    - Closed versus open city (exclusion of residents versus inclusion/diversity);

    - Supply-driven versus demand-driven city;

    - The urban development dilemma (central planning in the city versus trying things out, well-considered choices versus letting things develop, keeping control versus letting things happen, giving direction versus participation);

    - The prescriptive city versus the coordinating, open, democratic city.

    Read more of Wilsons view on www.experience-economy.com

    For a more detailed analysis of these four dilemmas, see the book by Boswijk, Peelen and Olthof entitled 'The Economy of Meaningful Experiences' (2021).

    Blog post by Steven Olthof

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