Rethinking the American City
An International Dialogue
Architecture | Technology | Culture
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
232 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 10 illus.
- ISBN: 9780812245615
- Published: November 2013
Whether struggling in the wake of postindustrial decay or reinventing themselves with new technologies and populations, cities have once again moved to the center of intellectual and political concern. Rethinking the American City brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplines to examine an array of topics that illuminate the past, present, and future of cities.
Rethinking the American City offers a lively and fascinating survey of contemporary thinking about cities in a transnational context. Utilizing an innovative format, each chapter opens with an iconic image and includes a brief and provocative essay on a single topic followed by an extended dialogue among all the essayists. Topics range from energy use, design, and digital media to transportation systems and housing to public art, urban ruins, and futurist visions. By engaging with key contemporary concerns—public and private space, sustainability, ethnic and racial divisions, and technology—this volume illuminates how global society has imagined American urban life.
Contributors: Klaus Benesch, Dolores Hayden, David M. Lubin, Malcolm McCullough, Jeffrey L. Meikle, David E. Nye, Miles Orvell, Andrew Ross, Mabel O. Wilson, Albena Yaneva.
—Miles Orvell and Klaus Benesch
Chapter 1. Energy
—David E. Nye
Chapter 2. Sustainability
Chapter 3. The Multicultural City
—Mabel O. Wilson
Chapter 4. Ruins
Chapter 5. Aesthetic Space
—David M. Lubin
Chapter 6. Designing the City
Chapter 7. Mobility
Chapter 8. The Digital City
Chapter 9. Future City
—Jeffrey L. Meikle
List of Contributors
"While specialists in the history of the American city will enjoy this collection of essays and the provocative dialogue they spark, these investigations of the processes of shaping space will also appeal to readers in many interdisciplinary programs including American studies, cultural studies, urban studies, visual culture, technology studies, and environmental studies."—From the Foreword, by Dolores Hayden