» » American Urban Form: A Representative History (Urban and Industrial Environments)

Download American Urban Form: A Representative History (Urban and Industrial Environments) epub

by Andrew Whittemore,Sam Bass Warner

American urban form -- the spaces, places, and boundaries that define city life -- has been evolving since the first settlements of colonial days. The changing patterns of houses, buildings, streets, parks, pipes and wires, wharves, railroads, highways, and airports reflect changing patterns of the social, political, and economic processes that shape the city. In this book, Sam Bass Warner and Andrew Whittemore map more than three hundred years of the American city through the evolution of urban form. They do this by offering an illustrated history of "the City" -- a hypothetical city (constructed from the histories of Boston, Philadelphia, and New York) that exemplifies the American city's transformation from village to regional metropolis.

In an engaging text accompanied by Whittemore's detailed, meticulous drawings, they chart the City's changes. Planning for the future of cities, they remind us, requires an understanding of the forces that shaped the city's past.

Download American Urban Form: A Representative History (Urban and Industrial Environments) epub
ISBN: 0262017210
ISBN13: 978-0262017213
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Author: Andrew Whittemore,Sam Bass Warner
Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press (February 24, 2012)
Pages: 200 pages
ePUB size: 1872 kb
FB2 size: 1818 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 754
Other Formats: lrf docx lrf rtf

This is a concise book with dense information.
If a prospect reader has a general knowledge about history of the U.S. and
particular knowledge of NY, Boston, Philadelphia urbanism, this book would
be a fantastic read; however, if not, it would be a somewhat difficult read.
The subject matter of the book are Boston, NY, and Philadelphia. However, specific
use of the names are excluded. Instead, author used an abstract name: "The City".
The author was trying to construct a fictive, yet based on real cities, story of The City that would
include universally applicable claims and principles in the eastern cities of the U.S.A.
The author created "A Representative History" of eastern cities.
The core value of the book is an endles search for the causation (not a specific phenomena) of what
constituted eastern cities during 17 century ~ 21 century.
For an international reader (particulary as a Korean audience), issues on the evolution of immigration,
racism, mortage, and housing was little bit "too" region-focused (American), causing reader's eyelids
to drop form time to time; nontheless, the book provides ample insights, causing eyes to shine in bewilderment.
The underlying principle of "The City" is magnificently and succinctly told.
This book is a very good broad overview of how many Eastern coastal cities developed in the United States. The scope is fairly large and there seems to be a nice balance of objective, distanced observation, and more of a finer grit perspective. The generic city described throughout is actually pretty brilliant as it removes many of the pre-imposed connotations that come packaged in any study of history, allowing one to look only at the broader forces that shape the city. There is likely nothing in here that will blow your mind, but the clarity of development might just change the way you read the history of some cities.
I teach an intro (University) urban course on the US city centered on urban social geographies and urban landscapes. The first three weeks present an historical geography of the the American city in its general form and process. This book is a perfect accompaniment for seeing the development of the city through those interpretive lenses.
Exactly what I needed.
What a gem for us to have on our bookshelf. We have also shared with many of our friends, too.