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City That Never Was the - Christopher Marcinkoski

Paperback Published: 22nd December 2015
ISBN: 9781616893903
Number Of Pages: 256

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One of the most troubling consequences of the 2008 global financial collapse was the midstream abandonment of several large-scale speculative urban and suburban projects. The resulting scars on the landscape, large subdivisions with only marked-out plots and half-finished roads, are the subject of The City That Never Was, an eye-opening look at what happens when development, particularly what the author calls "speculative urbanization" is out of sync with financial reality. Presenting historical and recent examples from around the world—from the sprawl of the US Sun Belt and the unoccupied towns of western China, to the "ghost estates" of Ireland—and focusing on case studies in Spain, Marcinkoski proposes an ecologically based model in place of the capricious economic and political factors that typically drive development today.

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"Christopher Marcinkoski's book is a fascinating exploration of the relationships between 'volatile fiscal events' and 'speculative urbanization'.a remarkably timely study, as well as a sad assessment of how easily architectural production can become ensnared in economic forces far more powerful than humanism or design." - BLDGBLOG
"The City That Never Was reminds us-in superb detail-of the dangers inherent in greed, and the need for designers to speak the often-foreign language of economists, social scientists, and politicians." - JAE

ISBN: 9781616893903
ISBN-10: 1616893907
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd December 2015
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 2.3 x 17.8  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.82

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