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.
"By placing technology at the center of its historical narratives, the volume provides original insights into some of the most crucial episodes of modern urban history. Its focus on the tension between circulation and appropriation also connects the work presented here with more general debates in the social sciences about the role of place in the context of modernization and globalization. Similarly, historians of science who are interested in the circulation of scientific knowledge and objects or, more specifically, the relation between knowledge and cities will be able to draw much inspiration from Urban Machinery." Jens Lachmund ISIS
Mikael Hård is Professor of History at Darmstadt University of Technology. His books includeThe 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 ofMinnesota, where he directs the Charles Babbage Institute. His books include Modernity andTechnology (coedited with Philip Brey and Andrew Feenberg; MIT Press, 2003).
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
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