Rethinking the American City: An International Dialogue by Miles Orvell, Klaus Benesch, Dolores Hayden

By Miles Orvell, Klaus Benesch, Dolores Hayden

Whether suffering within the wake of postindustrial decay or reinventing themselves with new applied sciences and populations, towns have once more moved to the guts of highbrow and political difficulty. Rethinking the yankee City brings jointly top students from quite a number disciplines to envision an array of themes that light up the earlier, current, and way forward for cities.

Rethinking the yankee City deals a full of life and interesting survey of up to date pondering towns in a transnational context. using an cutting edge structure, every one bankruptcy opens with an iconic picture and contains a short and provocative essay on a unmarried subject by way of a longer discussion between all of the essayists. issues variety from power use, layout, and electronic media to transportation platforms and housing to public artwork, city ruins, and futurist visions. through attractive with key modern concerns—public and personal area, sustainability, ethnic and racial divisions, and technology—this quantity illuminates how international society has imagined American city 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.

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So, how does one then get down at that microlevel and reach people and tell them, you know, you’ve got to accept these changes and feel good about them because they will actually improve your life? 23 David E. Nye Nye: Well, that’s where the humanities comes in. I have been saying this to people in engineering and in the sciences: “You can invent all these nifty, new technologies, but unless you can get people to see a cultural value . ” Meikle: Well, I just went out and bought a new MacBook Air last week.

So, it’s nice to see what the larger project is, and, I guess, back to the question about architecture, which is where I am sort of positioned to some degree. I was curious, in the book, what your take on LEED is, actually—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Because it seems to me that LEED is both a consequence of what you describe, as public policy that’s essentially managed by the state, but it’s also an outcome of the market. Architects, you know, become LEED-certified builders, people who build buildings have to pay to become LEED-certified gold or platinum.

As a one-industry town, Phoenix is on track to become the Detroit of the twenty-first century. Margaret Crawford: Could you say more about the future of Phoenix? I mean the apocalyptic scenario. Phoenix has evidently lost population because of the foreclosure crisis or the lack of a sustainable economy, the lack of water, the lack of social sustainability. How is Phoenix surviving? Ross: Very few among my interviewees had an apocalyptic view of the future of Phoenix. Those who did tended to be natural scientists accustomed to look at the potentially self-destructive behavior of species—the inability of species to adapt—and so they viewed human populations in much the same way.

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