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Radical Cities

Author : Justin McGuirk
Publisher : Verso Books
Page : 305 pages
File Size : 51,5 Mb
Release : 2015-10-13
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9781781688687

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What makes the city of the future? How do you heal a divided city? In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative communities already answering these questions. From Brazil to Venezuela, and from Mexico to Argentina, McGuirk discovers the people and ideas shaping the way cities are evolving. Ever since the mid twentieth century, when the dream of modernist utopia went to Latin America to die, the continent has been a testing ground for exciting new conceptions of the city. An architect in Chile has designed a form of social housing where only half of the house is built, allowing the owners to adapt the rest; Medellín, formerly the world’s murder capital, has been transformed with innovative public architecture; squatters in Caracas have taken over the forty-five-story Torre David skyscraper; and Rio is on a mission to incorporate its favelas into the rest of the city. Here, in the most urbanised continent on the planet, extreme cities have bred extreme conditions, from vast housing estates to sprawling slums. But after decades of social and political failure, a new generation has revitalised architecture and urban design in order to address persistent poverty and inequality. Together, these activists, pragmatists and social idealists are performing bold experiments that the rest of the world may learn from. Radical Cities is a colorful journey through Latin America—a crucible of architectural and urban innovation.

Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution

Author : David Harvey
Publisher : Verso Books
Page : 207 pages
File Size : 47,9 Mb
Release : 2012-04-04
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9781844678822

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Manifesto on the urban commons from the acclaimed theorist.

Boom Cities

Author : Otto Saumarez Smith
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 304 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2019-03-21
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9780192573476

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Boom Cities is the first published history of the profound transformations of British city centres in the 1960s. It has often been said that urban planners did more damage to Britain's cities than even the Luftwaffe had managed, and this study details the rise and fall of modernist urban planning, revealing its origins and the dissolution of the cross-party consensus, before the ideological smearing that has ever since characterized the high-rise towers, dizzying ring roads, and concrete precincts that were left behind. The rebuilding of British city centres during the 1960s drastically affected the built form of urban Britain, including places ranging from traditional cathedral cities through to the decaying towns of the industrial revolution. Boom Cities uncovers both the planning philosophy, and the political, cultural, and legislative background that created the conditions for these processes to occur across the country. Boom Cities reveals the role of architect-planners in these transformations. The book also provides an unconventional account of the end of modernist approaches to the built environment, showing it from the perspective of planning and policy elites, rather than through the emergence of public opposition to planning.

Radical Suburbs

Author : Amanda Kolson Hurley
Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
Page : 134 pages
File Size : 52,5 Mb
Release : 2019-04-09
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781948742375

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America’s suburbs are not the homogenous places we sometimes take them for. Today’s suburbs are racially, ethnically, and economically diverse, with as many Democratic as Republican voters, a growing population of renters, and rising poverty. The cliche of white picket fences is well past its expiration date. The history of suburbia is equally surprising: American suburbs were once fertile ground for utopian planning, communal living, socially-conscious design, and integrated housing. We have forgotten that we built suburbs like these, such as the co-housing commune of Old Economy, Pennsylvania; a tiny-house anarchist community in Piscataway, New Jersey; a government-planned garden city in Greenbelt, Maryland; a racially integrated subdivision (before the Fair Housing Act) in Trevose, Pennsylvania; experimental Modernist enclaves in Lexington, Massachusetts; and the mixed-use, architecturally daring Reston, Virginia. Inside Radical Suburbs you will find blueprints for affordable, walkable, and integrated communities, filled with a range of environmentally sound residential options. Radical Suburbs is a history that will help us remake the future and rethink our assumptions of suburbia.

City of Well-being

Author : Hugh Barton
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Page : 305 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2016-11-10
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781315438672

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Work, income and spatial policy -- Housing and living conditions -- Movement and accessibility -- 9. CLIMATE CHANGE AND SETTLEMENT PLANNING -- The threat of climate change -- Greenhouse gases, energy and planning -- Sustainable energy strategy -- Conclusion: human ecology -- 10. THE LOCAL ECOLOGY OF CITIES -- Ecological resilience -- Green infrastructure -- Air quality, health and planning -- Sustainable urban water systems -- Biodiversity -- Local food production -- IV NAVIGATION: a route map for healthy planning -- Criteria for judging healthy urban policy

Cities for People

Author : Jan Gehl
Publisher : Island Press
Page : 284 pages
File Size : 46,7 Mb
Release : 2013-03-05
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781597269841

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For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use—or could use—the spaces where they live and work. In this revolutionary book, Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearly explains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities for people. Taking into account changing demographics and changing lifestyles, Gehl emphasizes four human issues that he sees as essential to successful city planning. He explains how to develop cities that are Lively, Safe, Sustainable, and Healthy. Focusing on these issues leads Gehl to think of even the largest city on a very small scale. For Gehl, the urban landscape must be considered through the five human senses and experienced at the speed of walking rather than at the speed of riding in a car or bus or train. This small-scale view, he argues, is too frequently neglected in contemporary projects. In a final chapter, Gehl makes a plea for city planning on a human scale in the fast- growing cities of developing countries. A “Toolbox,” presenting key principles, overviews of methods, and keyword lists, concludes the book. The book is extensively illustrated with over 700 photos and drawings of examples from Gehl’s work around the globe.

Unlocking Sustainable Cities

Author : Paul Chatterton
Publisher : Pluto Press (UK)
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 46,8 Mb
Release : 2019
Category : City planning
ISBN : 0745337023

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A toolkit for realising a more sustainable and co-operative urban future.

Happy City

Author : Charles Montgomery
Publisher : Doubleday Canada
Page : 404 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2013-11-12
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9780385669139

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Charles Montgomery’s Happy City will revolutionize the way we think about urban life. After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks and condo towers an improvement on the car-dependence of sprawl? The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, during an exhilarating journey through some of the world’s most dynamic cities. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a “sexy” bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris’s urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have hacked the design of their own streets and neighborhoods. Rich with new insights from psychology, neuroscience and Montgomery’s own urban experiments, Happy City reveals how our cities can shape our thoughts as well as our behavior. The message is as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting cities and our own lives for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age. The happy city can save the world--and all of us can help build it.

After Sustainable Cities?

Author : Mike Hodson,Simon Marvin
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 159 pages
File Size : 52,8 Mb
Release : 2014-04-24
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781135114183

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A sustainable city has been defined in many ways. Yet, the most common understanding is a vision of the city that is able to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Central to this vision are two ideas: cities should meet social needs, especially of the poor, and not exceed the ability of the global environment to meet needs. After Sustainable Cities critically reviews what has happened to these priorities and asks whether these social commitments have been abandoned in a period of austerity governance and climate change and replaced by a darker and unfair city. This book provides the first comprehensive and comparative analysis of the new eco-logics reshaping conventional sustainable cities discourse and environmental priorities of cities in both the global north and south. The dominant discourse on sustainable cities, with a commitment to intergenerational equity, social justice and global responsibility, has come under increasing pressure. Under conditions of global ecological change, international financial and economic crisis and austerity governance new eco-logics are entering the urban sustainability lexicon – climate change, green growth, smart growth, resilience and vulnerability, ecological security. This book explores how these new eco-logics reshape our understanding of equity, justice and global responsibility, and how these more technologically and economically driven themes resonate and dissonate with conventional sustainable cities discourse. This book provides a warning that a more technologically driven and narrowly constructed economic agenda is driving ecological policy and weakening previous commitment to social justice and equity. After Sustainable Cities brings together leading researchers to provide a critical examination of these new logics and identity what sort of city is now emerging, as well as consider the longer-term implication on sustainable cities research and policy.

Radical Normal

Author : Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani
Publisher : Dom Publishers
Page : 240 pages
File Size : 41,8 Mb
Release : 2021-03-25
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 386922701X

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The cycle of production and consumption, artificially accelerated by advertising and marketing, has characterised our society for decades. This cycle has recently also taken hold of the architecture of the city, leading to a waste that is both economically and ecologically unacceptable. The destruction of buildings that are not actually obsolete is just as questionable as the production of extravagant architectures for which there is no real need. This book is a protest against the merciless globalisation of the city and its dissolution into faceless, inhospitable peripheries. At the same time, it puts forward alternative strategies of urban design that can counteract this globalisation and dissolution. It formulates a different approach to urbanism, one which views the city not as a carnivalesque display of vanities but as a sophisticated spatial construction that lays down the conditions for productive, peaceful, and gratifying lives.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author : Jane Jacobs
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 44,7 Mb
Release : 1993
Category : City planning
ISBN : OCLC:244302808

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Transformative Planning

Author : Thomas Angotti
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Release : 2020
Category : City dwellers
ISBN : 1551646919

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"Since the 1960s many activists and urban professionals have contested inequalities of class, race and gender in cities around the world. Transformative Planning comes out of this movement and compiles the discussions and debates that appeared in the publications of Planners Network, an association of planners and activists based in North America. Original contributions were added to the collection so that it serves as both a reflection of past theory and practice and a challenge for activists and planners going forward."--

The City and Radical Social Change

Author : Dimitrios I. Roussopoulos
Publisher : Black Rose Books Ltd.
Page : 356 pages
File Size : 49,8 Mb
Release : 1982
Category : Cities and towns
ISBN : 0919618820

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Foundries of the Future

Author : Ben Croxford
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 257 pages
File Size : 47,8 Mb
Release : 2020
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 9463662472

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Since the 1970s, cities world-wide have been witness to radical de-industrialisation. Manufacturing was considered incompatible with urban life and was actively pushed out. As economies have grown, public officials and developers have instinctively shifted their priorities to short-term, high-yielding land uses such as offices, retail space and housing. Inner-city growth from New York to London and even Seoul have generally come at the expense of land uses such as manufacturing or logistics. Despite the odds, manufacturing is not in terminal decay in western cities. On the contrary, it is at the opening of a new chapter. Urban manufacturing can help cities to be more innovative, circular, inclusive and resilient. Recently, with increasing interest in the circular economy, with cleaner and more compact technology, with more progressive building codes for mixed use, with increasing awareness of the impacts of social inequality and with a clearer understanding of the value chains between the trade of material and immaterial goods, cities across the world are realising that manufacturing has an important place in the 21st century urban economy. While both enthusiasm for making is increasing and the value of manufacturing is becoming increasingly evident in cities, the topic remains extremely complex and challenging to manage. This book attempts to shed light on the ways manufacturing can address urban challenges, it exposes constraints for the manufacturing sector and provides fifty patterns for working with urban manufacturing. This book has been written as a manual to help politicians, public authorities, planners, designers and community organisations to be able to plan, discuss and collaborate by developing more productive urban manufacturing. The book is split into two parts. "

Radical Walking Tours of New York City

Author : Bruce Kayton
Publisher : Seven Stories Press
Page : 228 pages
File Size : 53,8 Mb
Release : 2003
Category : History
ISBN : 1583225544

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Traditional walking tours of New York enshrine the wealthy and the war heroes. Rarely seen are those buried in their wake - those who fought the power, pushing for a better world. In this exciting new guide, Bruce Kayton leads us to differnt kinds of monuments, offering readers a history of class struggles, labour movements and civil rights battles, with such sites as Emma Goldman's home in the East Village, Langston Hughes's house in Harlem and the site of Margaret Sanger's first birth control clinic. A new perspective on the history of New York and American radicalism.