City Unseen: New Visions of an Urban Planet

Karen C. Seto and Meredith Reba (Yale University Press)
Cover of the book titled "City Unseen."

Karen C. Seto, the Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science, and Meredith Reba, research associate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

(Yale University Press)

This book shows cities’ relationships with geography, food, and society.

Seeing cities around the globe in their larger environmental contexts, we begin to understand how the world shapes urban landscapes and how urban landscapes shape the world. Authors Karen Seto and Meredith Reba provide these views to enhance readers’ understanding of the shape, growth, and life of urban settlements of all sizes — from the remote town of Namche Bazaar in Nepal to the vast metropolitan prefecture of Tokyo, Japan.

Using satellite data, the authors show urban landscapes in new perspectives. The book’s images highlight the growth of cities over time, the symbiosis between urban form and natural landscapes, and the vulnerabilities of cities to the effects of climate change. We see the growth of Las Vegas and Lagos, the importance of rivers to both connecting and dividing cities like Seoul and London, and the vulnerability of Fukushima and San Juan to floods from tsunami or hurricanes.

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