Geography Of Nowhere

Author : James Howard Kunstler
ISBN : 9780671888251
Genre : Architecture
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Argues that much of what surrounds Americans is depressing, ugly, and unhealthy; and traces America's evolution from a land of village commons to a man-made landscape that ignores nature and human needs.
Category: Architecture

Psychogeografie

Author : Colin Ellard
ISBN : 9783641164201
Genre : Psychology
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Warum sind im Café die Tische am Rand schneller besetzt als in der Mitte? Weshalb werden Krankenhauspatienten schneller gesund, wenn sie ins Grüne blicken? Wieso schüchtern uns Kirchen ein? Colin Ellard nimmt uns mit auf eine spannende Entdeckungsreise in die Welt der Psychogeografie und erläutert, wie die Umgebung unser Verhalten tagtäglich beeinflusst – egal ob Zuhause, am Arbeitsplatz, auf dem Weg durch die Stadt oder draußen im Freien. Als einer der führenden Experten auf dem Gebiet der Experimentalpsychologie gibt er Einblick in die Mechanismen, die dabei wirksam sind, und zeigt auf, was wir im Alltag daraus lernen können.
Category: Psychology

Der Aufstieg Der Netzwerkgesellschaft

Author : Manuel Castells
ISBN : 9783658113223
Genre : Social Science
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Manuel Castells entwirft in seinem Werk eine Soziologie des Informationszeitalters. Auf der Grundlage reichhaltigen empirischen Materials analysiert und interpretiert er die Entwicklung von der Industriegesellschaft zur Informationsgesellschaft. Seit seinem ersten Erscheinen 1996 in den USA hat das Werk einen beispiellosen Siegeszug durch die wissenschaftlich interessierte Leserschaft genommen.
Category: Social Science

Kulturgeographie Der Usa

Author : Werner Gamerith
ISBN : 9783662482384
Genre : Science
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Dieses Lehrbuch hilft Studierenden der Geographie, das für Prüfungen über die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika nötige Wissen zu erarbeiten. Statt eines enzyklopädischen Faktenwissens findet sich hier das dafür notwendige exemplarische Wissen über bedeutsame Aspekte Nordamerikas, wie Stadt- und Wirtschaftsentwicklung, aber auch Migration, Armut, Politik.
Category: Science

The Metropolitan Revolution

Author : Jon C. Teaford
ISBN : 9780231510936
Genre : History
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In this absorbing history, Jon C. Teaford traces the dramatic evolution of American metropolitan life. At the end of World War II, the cities of the Northeast and the Midwest were bustling, racially and economically integrated areas frequented by suburban and urban dwellers alike. Yet since 1945, these cities have become peripheral to the lives of most Americans. "Edge cities" are now the dominant centers of production and consumption in post-suburban America. Characterized by sprawling freeways, corporate parks, and homogeneous malls and shopping centers, edge cities have transformed the urban landscape of the United States. Teaford surveys metropolitan areas from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt and the way in which postwar social, racial, and cultural shifts contributed to the decline of the central city as a hub of work, shopping, transportation, and entertainment. He analyzes the effects of urban flight in the 1950s and 1960s, the subsequent growth of the suburbs, and the impact of financial crises and racial tensions. He then brings the discussion into the present by showing how the recent wave of immigration from Latin America and Asia has further altered metropolitan life and complicated the black-white divide. Engaging in original research and interpretation, Teaford tells the story of this fascinating metamorphosis.
Category: History

Shaping American Democracy

Author : Scott M. Roulier
ISBN : 9783319688107
Genre : Political Science
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This book argues that the design of built spaces influences civic attitudes, including prospects for social equality and integration, in America. Key American architects and planners—including Frederick Law Olmsted, Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Moses, and the New Urbanists—not only articulated unique visions of democracy in their extensive writings, but also instantiated those ideas in physical form. Using criteria such as the formation of social capital, support for human capabilities, and environmental sustainability, the book argues that the designs most closely associated with a communally-inflected version of democracy, such as Olmsted's public parks or various New Urbanist projects, create conditions more favorable to human flourishing and more consistent with a democratic society than those that are individualistic in their orientation, such as urban modernism or most suburban forms.
Category: Political Science

Landscapes Of The Sacred

Author : Belden C. Lane
ISBN : 0801868386
Genre : Architecture
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This text offers three new interpretive models for understanding American sacred space. Included are essays that explore how Native American, early French and Spanish, Puritan New England, and Catholic Worker traditions expressed the connection between spirituality and place. The book also includes three chapters that address methodological issues in the study of spirituality, the symbol-making process of religious experience, and the tension between place and placelessness in Christian spirituality.
Category: Architecture

St Louis

Author : Eric Sandweiss
ISBN : 156639886X
Genre : History
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In this work, Eric Sandweiss scrutinizes the everyday landscape - streets, houses, neighbourhoods and public buildings - as it evolved in the American city of St Louis. He shows how the processes of dividing, trading, improving and dwelling on land are acts that reflect and shape human relations.
Category: History

Everyday America

Author : Chris Wilson
ISBN : 0520229614
Genre : Architecture
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A collection of seventeen essays examining the field of American cultural landscapes past and present. The role of J. B. Jackson and his influence on the field is a explored in many of them.
Category: Architecture

The Urban Design Reader

Author : Michael Larice
ISBN : 9781136205668
Genre : Social Science
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The second edition of The Urban Design Reader draws together the very best of classic and contemporary writings to illuminate and expand the theory and practice of urban design. Nearly 50 generous selections include seminal contributions from Howard, Le Corbusier, Lynch, and Jacobs to more recent writings by Waldheim, Koolhaas, and Sorkin. Following the widespread success of the first edition of The Urban Design Reader, this updated edition continues to provide the most important historical material of the urban design field, but also introduces new topics and selections that address the myriad challenges facing designers today. The six part structure of the second edition guides the reader through the history, theory and practice of urban design. The reader is initially introduced to those classic writings that provide the historical precedents for city-making into the twentieth century. Part Two introduces the voices and ideas that were instrumental in establishing the foundations of the urban design field from the late 1950s up to the mid-1990s. These authors present a critical reading of the design professions and offer an alternative urban design agenda focused on vital and lively places. The authors in Part Three provide a range of urban design rationales and strategies for reinforcing local physical identity and the creation of memorable places. These selections are largely describing the outcomes of mid-century urban design and voicing concerns over the placeless quality of contemporary urbanism. The fourth part of the Reader explores key issues in urban design and development. Ideas about sprawl, density, community health, public space and everyday life are the primary focus here. Several new selections in this part of the book also highlight important international development trends in the Middle East and China. Part Five presents environmental challenges faced by the built environment professions today, including recent material on landscape urbanism, sustainability, and urban resiliency. The final part examines professional practice and current debates in the field: where urban designers work, what they do, their roles, their fields of knowledge and their educational development. The section concludes with several position pieces and debates on the future of urban design practice. This book provides an essential resource for students and practitioners of urban design, drawing together important but widely dispersed writings. Part and section introductions are provided to assist readers in understanding the context of the material, summary messages, impacts of the writing, and how they fit into the larger picture of the urban design field.
Category: Social Science