What Is a City?: Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina / Edition 1 by C. Fisher | 9780820330945 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
What Is a City?: Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina / Edition 1

What Is a City?: Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina / Edition 1

by C. Fisher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820330949

ISBN-13: 9780820330945

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

The devastation brought upon New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee system failure has forced urban theorists to revisit the fundamental question of urban geography and planning: What is a city? Is it a place of memory embedded in architecture, a location in regional and global networks, or an arena wherein communities form and reproduce

Overview

The devastation brought upon New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee system failure has forced urban theorists to revisit the fundamental question of urban geography and planning: What is a city? Is it a place of memory embedded in architecture, a location in regional and global networks, or an arena wherein communities form and reproduce themselves?

Planners, architects, policymakers, and geographers from across the political spectrum have weighed in on how best to respond to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The thirteen contributors to What Is a City? are a diverse group from the disciplines of anthropology, architecture, geography, philosophy, planning, public policy studies, and sociology, as well as community organizing. They believe that these conversations about the fate of New Orleans are animated by assumptions and beliefs about the function of cities in general. They unpack post-Katrina discourse, examining what expert and public responses tell us about current attitudes not just toward New Orleans, but toward cities. As volume coeditor Phil Steinberg points out in his introduction, “Even before the floodwaters had subsided . . . scholars and planners were beginning to reflect on Hurricane Katrina and its disastrous aftermath, and they were beginning to ask bigger questions with implications for cities as a whole.”

The experience of catastrophe forces us to reconsider not only the material but the abstract and virtual qualities of cities. It requires us to revisit how we think about, plan for, and live in them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820330945
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
321,667
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introductions
What Is a City? Katrina's Answers   Phil Steinberg     3
New Orleans' Culture of Resistance   Jordan Flaherty     30
Materialities
Introduction: "Explicit Ruins: Architecture Is More Visible When It Fails"   Fernando Lara     57
On Flexible Urbanism   Geoff Manaugh   Nicola Twilley     63
Delta City   Rob Shields     78
Mobilities
Introduction     95
Mobility and the Regional Context of Urban Disaster   Hugh Bartling     99
Uneven Mobilities and Urban Theory: The Power of Fast and Slow   Matthew Tiessen     112
Memories
Introduction     125
Remembering the Forgetting of New Orleans   Daina Cheyenne Harvey     129
Repair and the Scaffold of Memory   Elizabeth V. Spelman     140
Divisions and Connections
Introduction     155
Repositioning the Theorist in the Lower Ninth Ward   C. Tabor Fisher     159
Understanding New Orleans: Creole Urbanism   Jacob A. Wagner     172
On Street Life and Urban Disasters: Lessons from a "Third World" City   Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria     186
References     203
Contributors     223
Index     225

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