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Triumph Of The City

Author : Edward Glaeser
ISBN : 1101475676
Genre : Social Science
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A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future. "A masterpiece." -Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics "Bursting with insights." -The New York Times Book Review

Alles Nur Symbolisch

Author : Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
ISBN : 9783412210618
Genre : History
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Gesellschaftliche Ordnung wurde in der Vormoderne ganz wesentlich durch symbolische Kommunikation gestiftet und stabilisiert, aber auch angefochten und immer aufs Neue austariert – so lautete eine zentrale Prämisse der Arbeit des Sonderforschungsbereichs 496 der Universität Münster, der Ende 2011 seine Arbeit beendet hat. Unter der Leitfrage »Alles nur symbolisch?« wird in diesem Band eine Bilanz gezogen, indem nicht nur die Erträge des Forschungsverbundes dokumentiert, sondern auch kritische Einwände zur Diskussion gestellt werden. Das geschieht aus der Perspektive der Mittelalterlichen und Neueren Geschichte, der Rechtsgeschichte, der Kunstgeschichte sowie der Literatur- und Musikwissenschaft.

My American Fictionary

Author : Dubravka Ugrešić
ISBN : 3518118951
Genre : United States
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Happiness And Place Why Life Is Better Outside Of The City

Author : Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn
ISBN : 9781137436337
Genre : Social Science
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This book is about places - cities, suburbs and towns - and happiness of people living there. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Okulicz-Kozaryn examines the relations between human happiness and the infrastructure of the places they live. This thought-provoking book argues for the overlooked idea that we are happiest in smaller areas.

40 Jahre St Dtebauf Rderung 50 Jahre Nachmoderne

Author : Arbeitskreis Stadterneuerung an deutschsprachingen Hochschulen
ISBN : 9783798324206
Genre : Architecture
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Das Jahrbuch Stadterneuerung 2012 ist das 20. Jahrbuch, nachdem kurz nach der Wende 1990/91 die erste Ausgabe erschienen war. Zentraler Anlass für die aktuell geleistete Reflexion über Errungenschaften, Standortbestimmung und Perspektiven der Stadterneuerung war das 40jährige Jubiläum des Städtebauförderungsgesetzes, das 1971 eine einzigartige Erfolgsgeschichte der deutschen Stadtpolitik einleitete und bis heute als Besonderes Städtebaurecht in weiterentwickelter Form den rechtlichen Rahmen der Bund-Länder- Städtebauförderung und damit die Stadterneuerung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland maßgeblich bestimmt. Der Band ordnet die Stadterneuerung aufbauend auf Schlüsselwerken der Kritik am modernen Städtebau wie dem 1961 erschienene Buch „Death and Life of Great American Cities“ von Jane Jacobs historisch in die Entwicklung des nachmodernen Städtebaus ein. Er untersucht vor dem Hintergrund der zweifelsfrei anerkannten Leistungen und der Vielzahl von Brüchen, Irrwegen, Experimenten und Umdeutungen der Bestandsentwicklungspolitik, welche gesellschaftlichen Kräfte, Stationen und Leitbilder maßgeblich für die Herausbildung der nachmodernen Stadterneuerung waren, wie die seitdem erzielten Ergebnisse der Stadterneuerung zu bewerten sind und welcher Stellenwert den Leitvorstellungen der Stadtplanung und Stadterneuerung im Spannungsfeld gesellschaftlicher Tendenzen und Umbrüche zukommt.Im Mittelpunkt steht dabei die Herausbildung der noch immer gültigen Grundprinzipien einer Bestandspolitik, die Zug um Zug auf weitere Quartierstypen und stadtentwicklungspolitische Herausforderungen angepasst und übertragen wurden. Neben der beziehungsreichen Nachzeichnung und Einordnung des historischen Wandels in der Planungs- und insbesondere Stadterneuerungskultur wird also auch die Wirkungsmächtigkeit nachmoderner Prinzipien wie Nutzungsmischung, Kompaktheit, Blockrandbebauung an Korridorstraßen oder Parzellenstädtebau reflektiert, die sich erst allmählich über die Bestandsentwicklung wieder in Städtebau und Stadtentwicklung durchzusetzen begannen, heute aber – zumindest auf der Leitbildebene – fast unumstritten scheinen.

Tod Und Leben Gro Er Amerikanischer St Dte

Author : Jane Jacobs
ISBN : 9783035602128
Genre : Architecture
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In The Death and Life of Great American Cities durchleuchtet Jane Jacobs 1961 die fragwürdigen Methoden der Stadtplanung und Stadtsanierung in Amerika, der "New Yorker" nannte es das unkonventionellste und provozierendste Buch über Städtebau seit langem. Die deutsche Ausgabe wurde schnell auch im deutschsprachigem Raum zu einer viel gelesenen und diskutierten Lektüre. Sie ist jetzt wieder in einem Nachdruck zugänglich, mit einem Vorwort von Gerd Albers (1993), das nach der Aktualität dieser Streitschrift fragt.

The Moral Arc

Author : Michael Shermer
ISBN : 9780805096934
Genre : Science
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Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In The Moral Arc, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.

Urban Politics

Author : Myron Levine
ISBN : 9781317516798
Genre : Political Science
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This popular text mixes classic theory and research on urban politics with the most recent developments and data in urban and metropolitan affairs. Its balanced and realistic approach helps students understand the nature of urban politics and the difficulty of finding effective "solutions" in a suburban and global age. The ninth edition has been thoroughly rewritten and updated with a continued focus on economic development and race, plus renewed attention to globalization, gentrification, and changing demographics. Boxed case studies of prominent recent and current urban development efforts provide material for class discussion, and concluding material demonstrates the tradeoff between more "ideal" and more "pragmatic" urban politics. Key changes in this edition include: Every chapter has been thoroughly updated and rewritten. The Ninth Edition reflects the most current census data and the newest trends in such areas as the "new immigration," suburbanization, gentrification, and big-city revivals; There is coverage of the big-city pension crisis and politics in Stockton, Detroit, and other cities facing possible bankruptcy; A brand-new opening chapter introduces the concepts of the Global City, the Entertainment City, and the Bankrupt City; New photos and boxes appear throughout the book; Increased coverage of policies for sustainable urban development.

Where The River Burned

Author : David Stradling
ISBN : 9780801455650
Genre : History
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In the 1960s, Cleveland suffered through racial violence, spiking crime rates, and a shrinking tax base, as the city lost jobs and population. Rats infested an expanding and decaying ghetto, Lake Erie appeared to be dying, and dangerous air pollution hung over the city. Such was the urban crisis in the "Mistake on the Lake." When the Cuyahoga River caught fire in the summer of 1969, the city was at its nadir, polluted and impoverished, struggling to set a new course. The burning river became the emblem of all that was wrong with the urban environment in Cleveland and in all of industrial America. Carl Stokes, the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city, had come into office in Cleveland a year earlier with energy and ideas. He surrounded himself with a talented staff, and his administration set new policies to combat pollution, improve housing, provide recreational opportunities, and spark downtown development. In Where the River Burned, David Stradling and Richard Stradling describe Cleveland's nascent transition from polluted industrial city to viable service city during the Stokes administration. The story culminates with the first Earth Day in 1970, when broad citizen engagement marked a new commitment to the creation of a cleaner, more healthful and appealing city. Although concerned primarily with addressing poverty and inequality, Stokes understood that the transition from industrial city to service city required massive investments in the urban landscape. Stokes adopted ecological thinking that emphasized the connectedness of social and environmental problems and the need for regional solutions. He served two terms as mayor, but during his four years in office Cleveland's progress fell well short of his administration’s goals. Although he was acutely aware of the persistent racial and political boundaries that held back his city, Stokes was in many ways ahead of his time in his vision for Cleveland and a more livable urban America.

Cities Are Good For You

Author : Leo Hollis
ISBN : 9781408826638
Genre : Social Science
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The 21st century will be the age of the city. Already over 50% of the world population live in urban centres and over the coming decades this percentage will increase. Blending anecdote, fact and first hand encounters - from exploring the slums of Mumbai, to visiting roof-top farms in Brooklyn and attending secret dinner parties in Paris, to riding the bus in Latin America - Leo Hollis reveals that we have misunderstood how cities work for too long. Upending long-held assumptions and challenging accepted wisdom, he explores: why cities can never be rational, organised places; how we can walk in a crowd without bumping into people, and if we can design places that make people want to kiss; whether we have the right solution to the problem of the slums; how ants, slime mould and traffic jams can make us rethink congestion. And above all, the unexpected reasons why living in the city can make us fitter, richer, smarter, greener, more creative - and, perhaps, even happier. Cities Are Good for You introduces dreamers, planners, revolutionaries, writers, scientists, architects, slum-dwellers and emperors. It is shaped by the idea that cities are the greatest social experiment in human history, built for people, and by the people.

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