Every month, 5 million people move from the past to the future, pouring into developing-world “instant cities” such as Dubai. But do these fantastical boomtowns, where blueprints spring to life overnight, represent the dawning of a brave new world—or is their newness a mirage? Blending history and reportage, Daniel Brook, author of A History of Future Cities, tours Dubai and three other major metropolitan hubs that were once instant cities— St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Mumbai—to reveal the cultural and historical threads that connect them. Understanding today’s emerging global order, Brook argues, requires comprehending the West’s profound and conflicted influence on developing-world cities over the centuries. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civics series with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.
Tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 5:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. Double feature! Your ticket to this event also gains entry to Peter Blair Henry: Third-World Lessons for First-World Growth, at 7:30 pm.
Other Civic Events
Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.
Seattle Human Rights Day
A Celebration Honoring the Seattle Human Rights Commission’s 50th Anniversary
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:30 – 8:40pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5, suggested donation.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.