Making of a World City London 1991 to 2021

New book by Greg Clark published by Wiley Blackwell


This book describes the journey that London has taken to becoming a world city since 1991. It reveals the surprising and unexpected elements of London’s journey and reflects on the challenges that lie ahead for London.


The future of cities depends on their resilience. London – messy, unplanned, organic and ungovernable – has become a model of global city resilience. Anyone interested in understanding the complexity of cities should read this book.
Prof Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies, LSE, Director, LSE Cities and Urban Age

In this revealing book, Greg Clark has consulted an impressive array of international commentators and city experts to explain London’s evolving story as a leading world city. Most importantly, Clark highlights the need for deeper reforms of city governance and city finances if London is to keep pace with its competitors and combine liveability with opportunity.
Prof Rosemary Scanlon, Dean, Shack Institute of Real Estate, New York University

London has captured the world’s imagination as a center for financial, business, cultural, and social development. Greg Clark has drawn on his own vast experience and that of leading experts to write a must-read assessment one of the world’s most important cities.
Prof Michael J. Enright; Sun Hung Kai Professor, University of Hong Kong

The emerging world cities need to know the secrets and the challenges of London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. This books helps us to see London from the inside out, and it explains very clearly how London became a leading world city.
Prof Miguel Bucalem, Director, Centre for Cities, University of Sao Paulo.

London’s rebirth as a leading World City is indeed a major strategic achievement. Greg Clark’s remarkable and positive account of this story gives food for thought to other global cities, such as Paris, who are following a different -less business focused and more citizen oriented- path.
Paul Lecroart, Senior Urban Planner, Paris Region Planning Agency (IAU îdf)

Moscow’s role as a global hub of business and finance is evolving in ways which understand that culture, higher education, and international promotion are critical ingredients for success. The London story, as told by Greg Clark, reinforces these messages and shows how former Imperial Cities can become great world cities in the modern age.
Prof Andrei Sharonov, Dean, Skolkovo Business School, Former Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Chairman of Moscow Urban Forum.

As Barcelona continues on its path towards to being a global city in Europe, lessons from London become increasingly more interesting and relevant. This book reveals London’s formula for global success in ways which educate and entertain.
Mateu Hernandez, CEO, Barcelona Global.

In this book Greg Clark tells the remarkable story of how London reinvented itself over the past quarter century, making it, along with New York, one of the world’s two leading centers of commerce, finance, communications and innovation.
Prof Bob Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association of New York.

Clark tells a fascinating story – how on old and seemingly tired global city got a new lease of life – extremely well.
Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London.

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