Times of Creative Destruction

Shaping Buildings and Cities in the late C20th

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Author: Alexander Tzonis,Liane Lefaivre

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317010051

Category: Architecture

Page: 290

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Times of Creative Destruction is about the years that followed the end of WWII, one of the most seminal and dramatic epochs in human history, during which extraordinary star-buildings were born, cities exploded, and an unprecedented world of a ‘Third Ecology’ emerged. Never before was there such a flurry of daring mega-constructions, such daring spatial acrobatics, ‘star’ buildings by star architects attained by star developers, mega-constructions, technological feats, and flourishing spatial acrobatics. But, for all its exhilarating creativity, this was also an era of unanticipated, intractable, irreversible destruction reducing the uniqueness and diversity of cultural, social and ecological peaks and valleys of our world, to a ‘desert flatland’, environmental inequality and unhappiness. This book critically discusses and revaluates these contradictory events, bringing together and commenting on a selection of shorter key texts by Tzonis and Lefaivre, the product of a rare research and writing partnership. The texts, published between the early 1960s and the present, are significant as documents that inform about the period. They are also important and timely because of their critical and influential role in the debates of this era, both creative and destructive.

The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940

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Author: Max Page

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226644691

Category: Architecture

Page: 317

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"The oxymoron "creative destruction" suggests the tensions that are at the heart of urban life: between stability and change, between particular places and undifferentiated spaces, between market forces and planning controls, and between the "natural" and "unnatural" in city growth. Page investigates these cultural counter weights through case studies of Manhattan's development, with depictions ranging from private real estate development along Fifth Avenue to Jacob Riis's slum clearance efforts on the Lower East Side, from the elimination of street trees to the efforts to save City Hall from demolition. Contrary to the popular sense of New York as an ahistorical city - the past as recalled by powerful citizens - was in fact, at the heart of defining how the city would be built."--BOOK JACKET.

Urban Development in the Muslim World

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Author: Hooshang Amirahmadi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351318187

Category: Architecture

Page: 290

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First Published in 2017. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.

Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People

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Author: John Murrin,Paul Johnson,James McPherson,Alice Fahs,Gary Gerstle

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495904996

Category: History

Page: 1072

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A highly respected, balanced, and thoroughly modern approach to US History, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER, uses these three themes to show how the United States was transformed from hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. This approach helps students understand the impact of the notions of liberty and equality, which are often associated with the American story, and also how dominant and subordinate groups have affected and been affected by the ever-shifting balance of power. The text integrates the best of recent social and cultural scholarship--including fun material on music and movies--into a political story, offering students the most comprehensive and complete understanding of American history available. Available in the following split options: LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER, Sixth Edition (Chapters 1-32), ISBN: 978-0-495-90499-1; Volume 1: To 1877 (Chapters 1-17), ISBN: 978-0-495-91587-4; Volume 2: Since 1863 (Chapters 17-32), ISBN: 978-0-495-91588-1. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Architecture, back to life

proceeding of the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

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Author: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Meeting,John E. Hancock,William C. Miller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 318

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The culture of calamity

disaster and the making of modern America

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Author: Kevin Rozario

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 313

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Turn on the news and it looks as if we live in a time and place unusually consumed by the specter of disaster. The events of 9/11 and the promise of future attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of New Orleans, and the inevitable consequences of environmental devastation all contribute to an atmosphere of imminent doom. But reading an account of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, with its vivid evocation of buildings “crumbling as one might crush a biscuit,” we see that calamities—whether natural or man-made—have long had an impact on the American consciousness. Uncovering the history of Americans’ responses to disaster from their colonial past up to the present, Kevin Rozario reveals the vital role that calamity—and our abiding fascination with it—has played in the development of this nation. Beginning with the Puritan view of disaster as God’s instrument of correction, Rozario explores how catastrophic events frequently inspired positive reactions. He argues that they have shaped American life by providing an opportunity to take stock of our values and social institutions. Destruction leads naturally to rebuilding, and here we learn that disasters have been a boon to capitalism, and, paradoxically, indispensable to the construction of dominant American ideas of progress. As Rozario turns to the present, he finds that the impulse to respond creatively to disasters is mitigated by a mania for security. Terror alerts and duct tape represent the cynical politician’s attitude about 9/11, but Rozario focuses on how the attacks registered in the popular imagination—how responses to genuine calamity were mediated by the hyperreal thrills of movies; how apocalyptic literature, like the best-selling Left Behind series, recycles Puritan religious outlooks while adopting Hollywood’s style; and how the convergence of these two ways of imagining disaster points to a new postmodern culture of calamity. The Culture of Calamity will stand as the definitive diagnosis of the peculiarly American addiction to the spectacle of destruction.

Preserving the World's Great Cities

The Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis

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Author: Anthony M. Tung

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 469

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A wide-ranging study of architectural and cultural preservation in the world's great urban centers examines the devastating impact of war, economics, and indifference on the great cities and efforts throughout China, the U.S. Japan, Europe, and elsewhere to restore and preserve buildings and landmarks. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.