In The Art of the City Raffaele Milani reflects on the ways in which inhabitants of the cityscape have interacted on spiritual, psychological, and philosophical levels with the architecture that surrounds them. Working with the premise that the city has a “soul,” which is externalized in the physical struc- tures of its urban space, Milani expresses alarm in the face of sprawling megacities that typify the postmodern age and endanger the survival of cities’ distinctiveness. While he laments that the nature surrounding cities is disappearing under concrete, his concern is counterbalanced by the realization that there are ongoing projects of urban reclamation, renewal, and reutilization aimed at preserving an ancient, almost mystical rapport be- tween the citizen and the lived space. Milani illus- trates his argument by citing the works of modern architects including Emilio Ambasz, Massimiliano Fuksas, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Kisho Kurokawa, Daniel Libeskind, and Renzo Piano. Rather than a history of architecture, The Art of the City is a compelling and timely reflection on the important challenge of insuring the contin- ued liveability and aesthetic valorization of public spaces. Raffaele Milani is professor of aesthetics at the University of Bologna and the author of The Art of the Landscape. Corrado Federici has translated several books and taught Italian language and literature for over forty years in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Brock University. 4 3 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 7 A R C H I T E C T U R E The Art of the City raffaele milani Translated by Corrado Federici A consideration of both how the“soul”of a city is expressed through architectural forms and how the age of globalization threatens its survival. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S November 2017 978-0-7735-5133-6 $39.95A CDN, $39.95A US, £34.00 cloth 6 x 9 184pp 22 photos eBook available