Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities

Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities

by Mikael H?rd
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262514176

ISBN-13: 9780262514170

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: MIT Press

Urban Machinery investigates the technological dimension of modern
European cities, vividly describing the most dramatic changes in the urban environment over the last century and a half. Written by leading scholars from the history of technology, urban history, sociology and science, technology, and society, the book views the European city as a complex

Overview

Urban Machinery investigates the technological dimension of modern
European cities, vividly describing the most dramatic changes in the urban environment over the last century and a half. Written by leading scholars from the history of technology, urban history, sociology and science, technology, and society, the book views the European city as a complex construct entangled with technology. The chapters examine the increasing similarity of modern cities and their technical infrastructures (including communication, energy, industrial, and transportation systems) and the resulting tension between homogenization and cultural differentiation. The contributors emphasize the concept of circulation--the process by which architectural ideas, urban planning principles, engineering concepts, and societal models spread across Europe as well as from the United States to Europe. They also examine the parallel process of appropriation--how these systems and practices have been adapted to prevailing institutional structures and cultural preferences. Urban Machinery, with contributions by scholars from eight countries, and more than thirty illustrations (many of them rare photographs never published before), includes studies from northern and southern and from eastern and western Europe, and also discusses how European cities were viewed from the periphery (modernizing Turkey) and from the United States.ContributorsHans Buiter,
Paolo Capuzzo, Noyan Dinçkal, Cornelis Disco, Pál Germuska, Mikael Hård, Martina
Heßler, Dagmara Jajesniak-Quast, Andrew Jamison, Per Lundin, Thomas J. Misa, Dieter
Schott, Marcus StippakMikael Hård is Professor of History at Darmstadt University of
Technology. His books include The Intellectual Appropriation of Technology:
Discourses on Modernity, 1900-1939 (coedited with Andrew Jamison; MIT Press, 1998).
Thomas J. Misa is ERA-Land Grant Professor of the History of Technology at the
University of Minnesota, where he directs the Charles Babbage Institute. His books include Modernity and Technology (coedited with Philip Brey and Andrew Feenberg; MIT
Press, 2003).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262514170
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
Inside Technology
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(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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