American Cities and Technology: Wilderness to Wired City / Edition 1

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Designed to be used on its own or as a companion volume to the American Cities and Technology textbook. Chronologically, this volume ranges from the earliest technological dimensions of Amerindian settlements to the 'wired city' concept of the 1960s and internet communications of the 1990s.Its focus extends beyond the US to include telecomunications in Asian cities in the late 20th century. The topics covered:
* the rise of the skyscraper
*the coming of the automobile age
* relations between private and public transport
* the development of infrastructural technologies and systems
* the implications of electronic communications
* the emergence of city planning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415200844
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Cities and Technology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.77 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerrylynn K. Roberts is a lecturer in the Department of History of Science and Technology, and Philip Steadman is a lecturer in the Department of Architectural and Urban Morphology at the Open University.

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Introduction 1
1 The Indian Legacy in the American Landscape 3
2 Spanish Legacy in the Borderlands 17
3 The Laws of the Indies 25
4 St. Augustine, Florida 28
5 Mission, Presidio and Pueblo in California 32
6 French Landscapes in North America 38
7 New Orleans 44
8 The Northeast and the Making of American Geographical Habits 49
9 Timber Framing in Colonial America 62
10 Masonry Construction in Colonial America 71
11 Chicago: Nature's Metropolis 75
12 Comparative Perspectives on Transit in Europe and the United States, 1850-1914 88
13 The Trolley and Suburbanization 98
14 The Revolution in Street Pavements, 1880-1924 107
15 The Decentralization of Los Angeles during the 1920s 117
16 The Minimum House 126
17 Light, Height, and Site: the skyscraper in Chicago 139
18 Decisions about Wastewater Technology, 1850-1932 154
19 Refuse Pollution and Municipal Reform: the waste problem in America, 1880-1917 163
20 "The Best Lighted City in the World": the construction of a nocturnal landscape in Chicago 173
21 Regional Planning for the Great American Metropolis: New York between the World Wars 188
22 Transport: maker and breaker of cities 196
23 Order in Diversity: community without propinquity 201
24 Squaring the Circle: can we resolve the Clarkian paradox? 211
25 New Highways 225
26 Telecommunications and the Changing Geographies of Knowledge Transmission in the Late Twentieth Century 230
27 Cities and their Airports: policy formation, 1926-1952 247
28 The Growth of the City 259
29 Boston's Highway 128: high-technology reindustrialization 264
30 The Role of Information Technology in the Planning and Development of Singapore 272
31 Continuity and Change in Conceptions of the Wired City 280
Acknowledgements 289
Index 291
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