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By Kingsley Dennis

It really is tough to visualize a global with no the auto, and but that's precisely what Dennis and Urry got down to do during this provocative new ebook. They argue that the times of the auto are numbered: strong forces all over the world are undermining the automobile procedure and should herald a brand new shipping process someday within the following couple of many years. particularly, the publication examines how numerous significant tactics are shaping the way forward for how we go back and forth, including:
• international warming and its many international consequences
• Peaking of oil supplies
• elevated digitisation of many features of monetary and social life
• significant worldwide inhabitants increases
The authors examine adjustments in know-how, coverage, economic system and society, and make a resounding argument for a destiny the place, by means of necessity, the current automobile process could be re-designed and re-engineered.

Yet the ebook additionally means that there are a few highly bleak dilemmas dealing with the 21st century. The authors lay out what they think about to be attainable ‘post-car’ destiny eventualities. those they describe as ‘local sustainability’, ‘regional warlordism’ and ‘digital networks of control’.

After The Car may be of significant curiosity to planners, coverage makers, social scientists, futurologists, these operating in undefined, in addition to common readers.

Some have defined the 20 th Century because the century of the automobile. Now that century has come to an in depth – and issues are approximately to change.

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29 And yet in the last century automobility became more deeply embedded for its 'social' features and for many people it offers a source of freedom, the 'freedom of the road'. The car's flexibility enables car drivers to get into their car and start it without permission or the expertise of others. It is ready and waiting to spring into l i fe, so enabling people to travel at any time in any direction along the complex road systems that now link most houses, workplaces and l eisure . \ F T E H T H E G:\H sites.

The early 1 900s thus saw a shift in automobile production from Europe to US. The petrol system came to be established and 'locked in', with the first model T appearing as early as 1 908, more or less as the futurist Marinetti was proclaiming the new 'beauty of speed'. US car registrations in the first decade of the twenti­ eth century jumped from 8,000 to 500,000. The development of petrol-fuelled internal combustion engines is a story of US industrial dominance over Europe, and the world, during the fateful early years of the twentieth century.

This chapter examines how this car system overcomes a public timetable by enabling car drivers to develop their own timetabling of social life. We examine how the car becomes central to 'modernism' and is built into modern planning and architecture. The car has configured much contemporary economy, culture, politics and society. We examine how this system of the car came to be 'natural', part of the world that is taken for granted, inevi­ table, 'locked in' and apparently impossible to escape from.

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