American Cities and Technology Reader: Wilderness to Wired City / Edition 1
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American Cities and Technology Reader: Wilderness to Wired City / Edition 1

American Cities and Technology Reader: Wilderness to Wired City / Edition 1

by Gerrylynn K. Roberts, Philip Steadman
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Designed to be used on its own or as a companion volume to the American Cities and Technology textbook. Chronologically, this volume ranges from the earliest technological dimensions of Amerindian settlements to the 'wired city' concept of the 1960s and internet communications of the 1990s.Its focus extends beyond the US to include telecomunications in Asian cities in the late 20th century. The topics covered:
* the rise of the skyscraper
*the coming of the automobile age
* relations between private and public transport
* the development of infrastructural technologies and systems
* the implications of electronic communications
* the emergence of city planning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415200837
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: Cities and Technology Series
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gerrylynn K. Roberts is a lecturer in the Department of History of Science and Technology, and Philip Steadman is a lecturer in the Department of Architectural and Urban Morphology at the Open University.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tablesvii
1The Indian Legacy in the American Landscape3
2Spanish Legacy in the Borderlands17
3The Laws of the Indies25
4St. Augustine, Florida28
5Mission, Presidio and Pueblo in California32
6French Landscapes in North America38
7New Orleans44
8The Northeast and the Making of American Geographical Habits49
9Timber Framing in Colonial America62
10Masonry Construction in Colonial America71
11Chicago: Nature's Metropolis75
12Comparative Perspectives on Transit in Europe and the United States, 1850-191488
13The Trolley and Suburbanization98
14The Revolution in Street Pavements, 1880-1924107
15The Decentralization of Los Angeles during the 1920s117
16The Minimum House126
17Light, Height, and Site: the skyscraper in Chicago139
18Decisions about Wastewater Technology, 1850-1932154
19Refuse Pollution and Municipal Reform: the waste problem in America, 1880-1917163
20"The Best Lighted City in the World": the construction of a nocturnal landscape in Chicago173
21Regional Planning for the Great American Metropolis: New York between the World Wars188
22Transport: maker and breaker of cities196
23Order in Diversity: community without propinquity201
24Squaring the Circle: can we resolve the Clarkian paradox?211
25New Highways225
26Telecommunications and the Changing Geographies of Knowledge Transmission in the Late Twentieth Century230
27Cities and their Airports: policy formation, 1926-1952247
28The Growth of the City259
29Boston's Highway 128: high-technology reindustrialization264
30The Role of Information Technology in the Planning and Development of Singapore272
31Continuity and Change in Conceptions of the Wired City280

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