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Cities and Buildings : Skyscrapers, Skid Rows, and Suburbs - Larry R. Ford

Cities and Buildings

Skyscrapers, Skid Rows, and Suburbs

Paperback Published: 1st March 1994
ISBN: 9780801846472
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 22+ years old

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In this text, Ford offers an account of the relationship between urban architecture - especially vernacular architecture - and the spatial arrangement and development of cities in North America. From office towers in the central business district to commercial strips in the "edge city", Ford shows how changes in the built environment parallel changes in urban economies and human culture. Focusing on ordinary structures rather than famous landmarks, the book aims to provide a guide to understanding the changing character of any urban landscape. Ford describes how the idea - as well as the appearance - of the modern city has changed with the evolution of buildings such as skyscrapers, skid-row hotels, single family bungalows and ranches, large apartment buildings, public-housing towers, motels, mini-malls and festival market-places. Through illustrated case studies of specific building types in particular places, Ford explores the conflicting forces of decline, revitalization and preservation that constantly transform the urban scene.

An ideal companion volume to any of the more traditional texts emphasizing urban-economic and urban-social geography... I've enjoyed reading the book, it is a useful addition to my urban bookshelf, and a wonderful source of information to add colorful anecdotes to my undergraduate urban geography course. -- Ian Maclachlan * H-Urban. *

Preface: Thinking about Cities; or, My World and Welcome to It
Introduction: Merging the Traditions of Space and Placep. 1
Downtown Buildings: The Role of the Skyscraper in Shaping the American Central Business Districtp. 10
The Downtown Frame: Buildings in Transitionp. 64
Places to Shop: Arcades, Bazaars, and Festival Centersp. 95
The American Single-Family Housep. 126
Multiunit Housing and City Structurep. 186
Drive-in Dreams: Decades of Design on the American Commercial Stripp. 225
Architectural Innovations at Home and Abroad: Some Speculations on Future Trendsp. 262
Notesp. 277
Referencesp. 281
Indexp. 297
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780801846472
ISBN-10: 0801846471
Series: Creating the North American Landscape (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st March 1994
Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.55  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.51