chapter  20
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Reconstructing Urban Experience

WithFrancisco Javier Carrillo

At the dawn of the Knowledge Cities Century, we are coming to terms with the realization that human destiny will unfold in cities. We are learning, too, that our capacity to shape such destiny will be determined by our self-knowledge as an urban species. This closing chapter aims at bringing into the Knowledge Cities (KC) debate the kind of transcendental options mankind faces in the urban arena. If cities can be conceptualized as value systems, we may wonder what is the space of possibilities for these as expressions of human potential and fate?