Author(s): Hugo Macdonald
A handbook for mastering the art of living in a city.
Building a relationship with a city is a lot like building a relationship with another person - just as cities can be intoxicating, generous and inspiring, so they can also be dangerous, fickle and impenetrable. How to Live in the City is a book for navigating and nurturing this important relationship.
Hugo Macdonald believes you need to feel a city to understand it. He won't tell you how wide the perfect pavement should be but he will show you how to walk down a pavement with eyes wide open. This is a book to help you feel human in an inhuman environment.
'The School of Life is dedicated to making our lives clearer, less puzzling and more enjoyable - by studying the big themes of life with the help of culture. This new series of self-help books continues to reinvent the genre, making it into something more serious, profound and genuinely helpful.' --Alain de Botton
Hugo Macdonald is a design, architecture and urbanism critic and consultant living in London. He studied Arabic and Modern History at Cambridge University before moving to London. He was deputy editor of Wallpaper* magazine's website and then design editor at Monocle magazine where he hosted Monocle radio's weekly design and architecture show, Section D. Today he is the brand director at Studioilse, Ilse Crawford's design consultancy. His writing has been published in titles including the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Modern Design Review and the London Society Journal.