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The City The City

The City   The City Book
Author : China Miéville
Publisher : Del Rey
Release : 2009-05-26
ISBN : 9780345515667
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE SEATTLE TIMES, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, Borlú is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead woman’s secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them more than their lives. What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities. BONUS: This edition contains a The City & The City discussion guide and excerpts from China Miéville's Kraken and Embassytown.

Triumph of the City

Triumph of the City Book
Author : Edward Glaeser
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2011-02-10
ISBN : 9781101475676
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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

The City Cultures Reader

The City Cultures Reader Book
Author : Malcolm Miles,Tim Hall,Iain Borden
Publisher : Psychology Press
Release : 2004
ISBN : 9780415302456
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From Simmel and Burgess, to Zukin, Fainstein and Soja this title presents classic and contemporary writing on the culture of cities. Themes include: culture and technologies; everyday lives; contesting identity; boundaries and transgressions; utopias and dystopias, and possible urban futures.

Representing the City

Representing the City Book
Author : Anthony D. King
Publisher : NYU Press
Release : 1996-02
ISBN : 9780814746790
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Classic representations of the city have focused on simplistic urban dichotomies such as renewal or decline, poverty or prosperity, and vice or vigor. We are left with the question of what actually constitutes a city and what makes it and its people succeed or fail. Recent writing on the city, however, has begun to question the images, metaphors, and discourses through which the contemporary city is represented. Discussing recent visual, architectural and spatial transformations in New York and other major world cities in relation to the themes of ethnicity, capital, and culture, Re-Presenting the City moves between interpretive representations of the newly emerging metropolis and the theoretical and methodological questions raised by the task of such representations. Contributors with backgrounds in urban planning, sociology, cultural studies, architecture, art history, geography, and philosophy reflect on the construction of both the real and the unreal city, the images, metaphors and discourses through which the contemporary city is represented, and the texts which both mediate our experience of, as well as contribute to producing, the city of the future.

Space the City and Social Theory

Space  the City and Social Theory Book
Author : Fran Tonkiss
Publisher : Polity
Release : 2005
ISBN : 0745628257
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Space, the City and Social Theory offers a clear and critical account of key approaches to cities and urban space within social theory and analysis. It explores the relation of the social and the spatial in the context of critical urban themes: community and anonymity; social difference and spatial divisions; politics and public space; gentrification and urban renewal; gender and sexuality; subjectivity and space; experience and everyday practice in the city. The text adopts an international and interdisciplinary approach, drawing on a range of debates on cities and urban life. It brings together classic perspectives in urban sociology and social theory with the analysis of contemporary urban problems and issues. Rather than viewing the urban simply as a backdrop for more general social processes, the discussion looks at how social and spatial relations shape different versions of the city: as a place of social interaction and of solitude; as a site of difference and segregation; as a space of politics and power; as a landscape of economic and cultural distinction; as a realm of everyday experience and freedom. Similarly, it examines how core social categories - such as class, culture, gender, sexuality and community - are shaped and reproduced in urban contexts. Linking debates in urban studies to wider concerns within social theory and analysis, this accessible text will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students in urban sociology, social and cultural geography, urban and cultural studies.

Betrayal in the City

Betrayal in the City Book
Author : F. D. Imbuga
Publisher : East African Publishers
Release : 1987
ISBN : 9789966463609
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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First published in 1976, this play from one of Africa's foremost dramatists is in the classic cannon. It is an incisive examination of the problems of independence and freedom in post-colonial Africa states, where few believe they have a stake in the future. In the words of one of the characters: "It was better while we waited. Now we have nothing to look forward to. We have killed our past and are busy killing our future". Francis Imbuga is a playwright and actor. He is the recipient of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences Distinguished Professional Award in Play Writing.

The Country and the City

The Country and the City Book
Author : Raymond Williams
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release : 1975
ISBN : 9780195198102
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As a brilliant survey of English literature in terms of changing attitudes towards country and city, Williams' highly-acclaimed study reveals the shifting images and associations between these two traditional poles of life throughout the major developmental periods of English culture.

Cleansing the City

Cleansing the City Book
Author : Michelle Elizabeth Allen
Publisher : Ohio University Press
Release : 2008
ISBN : 0821417703
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Cleansing the City: Sanitary Geographies in Victorian London explores not only the challenges faced by reformers as they strove to clean up an increasingly filthy city but the resistance to their efforts. Beginning in the 1830s, reform-minded citizens, under the banner of sanitary improvement, plunged into London's dark and dirty spaces and returned with the material they needed to promote public health legislation and magnificent projects of sanitary engineering. Sanitary reform, however, was not always met with unqualified enthusiasm. While some improvements, such as slum clearances, the development of sewerage, and the embankment of the Thames, may have made London a cleaner place to live, these projects also destroyed and reshaped the built environment, and in doing so, altered the meanings and experiences of the city. From the novels of Charles Dickens and George Gissing to anonymous magazine articles and pamphlets, resistance to reform found expression in the nostalgic appreciation of a threatened urban landscape and anxiety about domestic autonomy in an era of networked sanitary services. Cleansing the City emphasizes the disruptions and disorientation occasioned by purification--a process we are generally inclined to see as positive. By recovering these sometimes oppositional, sometimes ambivalent responses, Michelle Allen elevates a significant undercurrent of Victorian thought into the mainstream and thus provides insight into the contested nature of sanitary modernization.

Envisioning the City

Envisioning the City Book
Author : David Buisseret
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Release : 1998-07-06
ISBN : 9780226079936
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Churchman or merchant, soldier or sanitary engineer, everyone who lives in a city sees it differently. Envisioning the City explores how these points of urban view have been expressed in city plans. Ranging from vertical plans to bird's-eye views, profiles, and three-dimensional models, these diverse maps all show cities "the way people want to see them." Whether a Chinese vertical city plan from the first millennium B.C. or a bird's-eye view appended to a fifteenth-century edition of Ptolemy's Geography, the type of plan chosen and its focus reflected the aspects of a city that the map's creators wished to highlight. For instance, maps of seventeenth-century cities emphasized impregnable fortifications as a deterrent to potential attackers. And Daniel Burnham's famous 1909 Plan of Chicago used a distinct representational style to "sell" his version of the new Chicago. Although city plans are among the oldest maps known, few books have been devoted to them. Historians of cartography and geography, architects, and urban planners will all enjoy this profusely illustrated volume.

Gendering the City

Gendering the City Book
Author : Kristine B. Miranne,Alma H. Young,Author Alma H Young
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2000
ISBN : 9780847694518
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Extrait de la couverture : "Gendering the city provides a significant contribution to urban studies, balancing critiques of domination with analyses of how groups and individuals have actively carved out spaces that resist and recofigure dominant gender regimes. The collection draws on a wide range of empirical work, conducted in both canada and the United States, to explore the diversity of women's experiences. It is both grounded and provocative. - Ann Forsyth, Harvard University Graduate School of Design"

The City As a Sacred Center

The City As a Sacred Center Book
Author : Bardwell L. Smith,Holly Baker Reynolds
Publisher : BRILL
Release : 1987-01-01
ISBN : 9789004084711
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A Room in the City

A Room in the City Book
Author : Gabor Gasztonyi
Publisher :
Release : 2010
ISBN : 9781897535288
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A Room in the City is a self-revelatory journey into a world of darkness and light, a place of blatant lies and transcendent truths, and represents the culmination of Gabor Gasztonyi's five-year project of photographing the residents of the Cobalt, Balmoral, Regent, and Sunrise Hotels in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Gasztonyi's lens reveals a Vancouver with deep roots in an otherwise forgotten past, a neighbourhood populated with people seeking shelter, safety, and love in extreme social conditions. The people in these photographs are presented in private moments, with respect and dignity-in their rooms and on the streets-as they wished to be seen. The Vancouver illuminated on these pages is a sister city of other global late-Commonwealth cities, where burgeoning pressures have led to new forms of social organization. A Room in the City is a portrait of the people who endure these pressures daily and give a human face to the ongoing struggle to survive. Gasztonyi's style continues in the great documentary tradition of Anders Petersen and Josef Koudelka, the photographer of the Roma.

The City and the Grassroots

The City and the Grassroots Book
Author : Manuel Castells
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Release : 1983
ISBN : 9780520056176
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The City as a Terminal

The City as a Terminal Book
Author : Markus Hesse
Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Release : 2008
ISBN : 9780754609131
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book examines the interrelationship between logistics development on one hand and urban development and geographical issues, such as land use and location, on the other. It also bridges the gap between recent geographical research into new production systems and (post)modern consumption patterns.Illustrated with international case studies, it argues that modern logistics are fundamentally shaping the function and the character of urban places, particularly since logistics networks are increasingly being established distant and independent from cities.

Screening the City

Screening the City Book
Author : Mark Shiel,Tony Fitzmaurice
Publisher : Verso
Release : 2003
ISBN : 9781859844762
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The city has long been an important location for filmmakers. Visually compelling and always modern, it is the perfect metaphor for man's place in the contemporary world. In this provocative collection of essays, films as diverse as The Man with the Movie Camera, Annie Hall, Street of Crocodiles, Boyz N the Hood, Three Colors Red, and Crash are examined in terms of the relationship between cinema and the changing urban experience in Europe and the United States since the early twentieth century. Peter Jelavich, for example, links the suppression of the creative, liberal Weimar Berlin in the 1931 film Berlin Alexanderplatz to the rise of the Nazi regime and the end of one of the great eras of modernist experimentation in German visual culture; Jessie Labov considers Kieslowski's treatment of the Warsaw housing blok in Dekalog in terms of Solidarity's strategy of resisting totalitarianism in 1980s Poland; Allan Siegel examines the motif of the city in a broad range of American and international cinema to demonstrate how film and society since the 1960s have been driven by the fading of mass political radicalism and the triumph of privatization and capital; Paula Massood uses the socially illuminating theories of Mikhail Bakhtin to examine the representation of the ghetto and urban underclass in recent African-American films such as Menace II Society; and Matthew Gandy examines the focus on disease in Todd Haynes's [Safe] as a metaphor for social and spatial breakdown in contemporary Los Angeles.

Victorian writers and the city

Victorian writers and the city Book
Author : Jean-Paul Hulin,Pierre Coustillas
Publisher : Presses Univ. Septentrion
Release : 1979
ISBN : 9782859390884
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Comme pour l'anglais du XXe siècle finissant, la Ville - qu'il s'agisse de Londres ou des cités industrielles du Nord - était pour les sujets de la reine Victoria à la fois un paradis et un enfer. Peu d'écrivains de l'époque l'ont méconnue; ils ont, selon leur culture, leur sensibilité, leur tempérament, réagi de façons contradictoires à un phénomène d'une ampleur sans précédent, qui a été, et demeure, au centre des débats politiques et sociaux. Les essais contenus dans ce volume reflètent la variété des attitudes victoriennes envers l'urbanisation. Ils évoquent les dures réalités de la misère et de la corruption, les conclusions des enquêtes menées dans un labyrinth où trouvaient place aussi bien la criminalité qu'une culture nouvelle; mais ils montrent aussi la magie de la ville, "douce cité d'illusion, de mythes, d'aspirations et de cauchemars", qui, selon Jonathan Raban, est aussi réelle, sinon plus, que la cité perceptible dans les statistiques et les études des sociologues, des démographes et des architectes. Les principaux auteurs traités sont Charles Kingsley, John Ruskin, Frederic Harrison, George Gissing, Arthur Morrison et Rudyard Kipling. Les six essais qui leur sont consacrés sont précédés d'un essai plus général écrit par un spécialiste reconnu de la civilisation urbaine britannique. L'ensemble entend apporter un complément original aux études parues sur la question en Angleterre depuis une douzaine d'années. Il reflète l'ambiguïté des jugements humains devant un phénomène tangible, émminemment analysable, dont procèdent de multiples visions subjectives et substantielles.

The City

The City Book
Author : Alan S. Berger
Publisher :
Release : 1978
ISBN : 9780697075550
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Desegregating the City

Desegregating the City Book
Author : David P. Varady
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release : 2005-05-26
ISBN : 9780791464595
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Multidisciplinary perspectives on segregation in the United States and other developed countries.

A Companion to the City

A Companion to the City Book
Author : Gary Bridge,Sophie Watson
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2002-08-16
ISBN : 9780631235781
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A Companion to the City provides the reader with an indispensable and authoritative overview of the key debates, controversies, and questions concerning the city from a variety of theoretical vantage points with an international perspective. Indispensable companion for students of the City. Multidisciplinary approach of interest across several fields. Includes contributions from major scholars in the field.

Self Organization and the City

Self Organization and the City Book
Author : Juval Portugali
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2000-01-07
ISBN : 9783540654834
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book integrates the theories of complex self-organizing systems with the rich body of discourse and literature developed in what might be called ‘social theory of cities and urbanism’. It uses techniques from dynamical complexity and synergetics to successfully tackle open social science questions.