Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City / Edition 1

Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City / Edition 1

by Matthew Gandy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262572168

ISBN-13: 9780262572163

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

In this innovative account of the urbanization of nature in New York
City, Matthew Gandy explores how the raw materials of nature have been reworked to produce a "metropolitan nature" distinct from the forms of nature experienced by early settlers. The book traces five broad developments: the expansion and redefinition of public space, the construction of

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In this innovative account of the urbanization of nature in New York
City, Matthew Gandy explores how the raw materials of nature have been reworked to produce a "metropolitan nature" distinct from the forms of nature experienced by early settlers. The book traces five broad developments: the expansion and redefinition of public space, the construction of landscaped highways, the creation of a modern water supply system, the radical environmental politics of the barrio in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the contemporary politics of the environmental justice movement. Drawing on political economy, environmental studies, social theory, cultural theory, and architecture, Gandy shows how New York's environmental history is bound up not only with the upstate landscapes that stretch beyond the city's political boundaries but also with more distant places that reflect the nation's colonial and imperial legacies. Using the shifting meaning of nature under urbanization as a framework, he looks at how modern nature has been produced through interrelated transformations ranging from new water technologies to changing fashions in landscape design. Throughout, he considers the economic and ideological forces that underlie phenomena as diverse as the location of parks and the social stigma of dirty neighborhoods.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262572163
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
1,295,405
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Water, Space, and Power19
1.1Water and the Nascent Civic Realm24
1.2Engineering the Technological Sublime32
1.3Urban Decay and the Hidden City52
1.4Paranoid Urbanism60
1.5Hydrological Transformations70
2Symbolic Order and the Urban Pastoral77
2.1Cultural Anxiety, Land Speculation, and Public Space81
2.2Creating the Garden of a Great City87
2.3Olmsted's Urban Vision: A Fragile Synthesis97
2.4Olmsted Rediscovered: An Emerging Preservationist Ethic102
2.5Emerald Dreams109
3Technological Modernism and the Urban Parkway115
3.1The Automobilization of the American Landscape118
3.2Robert Moses and the Radiant City126
3.3The Demise of Technological Modernism138
3.4Fractured Cities147
4Between Borinquen and the Barrio153
4.1Landscapes of Despair156
4.2Space, Identity, and Power162
4.3Disarray in the 1970s177
4.4The Power of Memory182
5Rustbelt Ecology187
5.1Across the Great Divide193
5.2Pollution and the Politics of Resistance200
5.3Reclaiming the Social Environment213
5.4Trash Can Utopias221
Epilogue229
Notes235
Index327

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