Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities

Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities

by Mikael H?rd
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262083698

ISBN-13: 9780262083690

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

City planning initiatives and redesign of urban structures often become mired in debate and delay. Despite the fact that cities are considered to be dynamic and flexible spaces, never finished but always under construction, it is very difficult to change existing urban structures; they become fixed, obdurate, securely anchored in their own histories as well as in the

Overview

City planning initiatives and redesign of urban structures often become mired in debate and delay. Despite the fact that cities are considered to be dynamic and flexible spaces, never finished but always under construction, it is very difficult to change existing urban structures; they become fixed, obdurate, securely anchored in their own histories as well as in the histories of their surroundings. In Unbuilding Cities, Anique Hommels looks at the tension between the malleability of urban space and its obduracy, focusing on sites and structures that have been subjected to "unbuilding"-redesign or reconfiguration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262083690
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Series:
Inside Technology
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Modernizing European Cities: Technological Uniformity and Cultural Distinction   Mikael Hard   Thomas J. Misa     1
Modernism and Mastery
Taming the Rhine: Economic Connection and Urban Competition   Cornelis Disco     23
Arenas of Experimentation: Modernizing Istanbul in the Late Ottoman Empire   Noyan Dinckal     49
Appropriating the International Style: Modernism in East and West   Thomas J. Misa     71
Representation and Reform
Spectacles of Sociability: European Cities as Sites of Consumption   Paolo Capuzzo     99
Progressive Dreams: The German City in Britain and the United States   Mikael Hard   Marcus Stippak     121
Constructing Dutch Streets: A Melting Pot of European Technologies   Hans Buiter     141
Industry and Innovation
Empowering European Cities: Gas and Electricity in the Urban Environment   Dieter Schott     165
In the Shadow of the Factory: Steel Towns in Postwar Eastern Europe   Dagmara Jajesniak-Quast     187
Science in the City: European Traditions and American Models   Martina Hessler     211
Planning and Power
Between Theory and Practice: Planning Socialist Cities in Hungary   Pal Germuska     233
Mediators of Modernity: Planning Experts and the Making of the "Car-Friendly" City in Europe   Per Lundin     257
Greening the City: Urban Environmentalism from Mumford to Malmo   Andrew Jamison     281
References     299
Contributors     337
Series List     341
Index     343

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