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

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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.

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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introductions

1 What Is a City? Katrina's Answers Phil Steinberg Steinberg, Phil 3

2 New Orleans' Culture of Resistance Jordan Flaherty Flaherty, Jordan 30

Pt. 2 Materialities

Introduction 57

Explicit Ruins: Architecture Is More Visible When It Fails Fernando Lara Lara, Fernando

3 On Flexible Urbanism Geoff Manaugh Manaugh, Geoff Nicola Twilley Twilley, Nicola 63

4 Delta City Rob Shields Shields, Rob 78

Pt. 3 Mobilities

Introduction 95

5 Mobility and the Regional Context of Urban Disaster Hugh Bartling Bartling, Hugh 99

6 Uneven Mobilities and Urban Theory: The Power of Fast and Slow Matthew Tiessen Tiessen, Matthew 112

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