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Concrete and Clay : Reworking Nature in New York City - Matthew Gandy

Concrete and Clay

Reworking Nature in New York City

Paperback

Published: 29th August 2003
For Ages: 18+ years old
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In this innovative account of the urbanization of nature in New York City, Matthew Gandy explores how the raw materials of nature have been reworked to produce a "metropolitan nature" distinct from the forms of nature experienced by early settlers. The book traces five broad developments: the expansion and redefinition of public space, the construction of landscaped highways, the creation of a modern water supply system, the radical environmental politics of the barrio in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the contemporary politics of the environmental justice movement.Drawing on political economy, environmental studies, social theory, cultural theory, and architecture, Gandy shows how New York's environmental history is bound up not only with the upstate landscapes that stretch beyond the city's political boundaries but also with more distant places that reflect the nation's colonial and imperial legacies. Using the shifting meaning of nature under urbanization as a framework, he looks at how modern nature has been produced through interrelated transformations ranging from new water technologies to changing fashions in landscape design. Throughout, he considers the economic and ideological forces that underlie phenomena as diverse as the location of parks and the social stigma of dirty neighborhoods.

Gandy deftly and provocatively connects issue of health, politics, economics, and urbanology in a compulsively readable and illuminating cultural analysis.

-Publishers Weekly
...a fascinating overview of New York City's technological and social infrastructures.

-Journal of Architectural Education * Reviews *
Gandy has pieced together a fascinating environmental history of New York.

-Publishers Weekly * Reviews *
Concrete and Clay is a towering achievement and a wonderful addition to the literature on the urban environment.

-Ari Kelman, American Studies * Reviews *
Gandy deftly and provocatively connects issue of health, politics, economics, and urbanology in a compulsively readable and illuminating cultural analysis.

-Publishers Weekly * Reviews *

ISBN: 9780262572163
ISBN-10: 0262572168
Series: Urban and Industrial Environments (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 29th August 2003
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 17.53  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.54