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The Resilient City : How modern cities recover from disaster - Lawrence J. Vale

The Resilient City

How modern cities recover from disaster

By: Lawrence J. Vale (Editor), Thomas J. Campanella (Editor)

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Published: 24th January 2005
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In 1871, the city of Chicago was almost entirely destroyed by what became known as The Great Fire. Thirty-five years later, San Francisco lay in smoldering ruins after the catastrophic earthquake of 1906. Or consider the case of the Jerusalem, the greatest site of physical destruction and renewal in history, which, over three millennia, has suffered wars, earthquakes, fires, twenty sieges, eighteen reconstructions, and at least eleven transitions from one religious faith to another. Yet this ancient city has regenerated itself time and again, and still endures.
Throughout history, cities have been sacked, burned, torched, bombed, flooded, besieged, and leveled. And yet they almost always rise from the ashes to rebuild. Viewing a wide array of urban disasters in global historical perspective, The Resilient City traces the aftermath of such cataclysms as: --the British invasion of Washington in 1814
--the devastation wrought on Berlin, Warsaw, and Tokyo during World War II
--the late-20th century earthquakes that shattered Mexico City and the Chinese city of Tangshan
--Los Angeles after the 1992 riots
--the Oklahoma City bombing
--the destruction of the World Trade Center
Revealing how traumatized city-dwellers consistently develop narratives of resilience and how the pragmatic process of urban recovery is always fueled by highly symbolic actions, The Resilient City offers a deeply informative and unsentimental tribute to the dogged persistence of the city, and indeed of the human spirit.

"...through the depth of the essays collected within it, The Resilient City far surpasses previous edited volumes on urban reconstruction."--H-NET "Cities, like people, often show their deepest character under terrifying stress. This book brings together histories of fire, earthquake, terrorism, and war to demonstrate that the most traumatic urban disasters can then become the most dramatic urban recoveries. These horrifying and inspiring analyses reveal the resilient essence of urbanism itself."--Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture and Planning, University of Michigan "A fascinating collection."--Sir Peter Hall, author of Cities in Civilization "If you are looking for an antidote to the depressing faree typical of the disaster literature, pick up The Resilient City... The book is also commendable for its vast geographic reach and long temporal arc, and for drawing from a variety of disciplines..."--Ari Kelman, Technology and Culture "...through the depth of the essays collected within it, The Resilient City far surpasses previous edited volumes on urban reconstruction."--H-NET "Cities, like people, often show their deepest character under terrifying stress. This book brings together histories of fire, earthquake, terrorism, and war to demonstrate that the most traumatic urban disasters can then become the most dramatic urban recoveries. These horrifying and inspiring analyses reveal the resilient essence of urbanism itself."--Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture and Planning, University of Michigan "A fascinating collection."--Sir Peter Hall, author of Cities in Civilization "If you are looking for an antidote to the depressing faree typical of the disaster literature, pick up The Resilient City... The book is also commendable for its vast geographic reach and long temporal arc, and for drawing from a variety of disciplines..."--Ari Kelman, Technology and Culture

Introduction : the cities rise againp. 3
Making progress : disaster narratives and the art of optimism in modern Americap. 27
"The predicament of aftermath" : Oklahoma city and September 11p. 55
The city's end : past and present narratives of New York's destructionp. 75
Patriotism and the reconstruction of Washington, D.C., after the British invasion of 1814p. 97
Double restoration : rebuilding Berlin after 1945p. 117
Warsaw : reconstruction as propagandap. 135
A delayed healing : understanding the fragmented resilience of Gernikap. 159
Resurrecting Jerusalemp. 181
Resilient Tokyo : disaster and transformation in the Japanese cityp. 213
"Resist the earthquake and rescue ourselves" : the reconstruction of Tangshan after the 1976 earthquakep. 235
Reverberations : Mexico city's 1985 earthquake and the transformation of the capitalp. 255
A vital void : reconstructions of downtown Beirutp. 281
After the unrest : ten years of rebuilding Los Angeles following the trauma of 1992p. 299
Cyborg agonistes : disaster and reconstruction in the digital electronic erap. 313
Conclusion : axioms of resiliencep. 335
Suggestions for further reading on urban disasters and recoveryp. 357
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ISBN: 9780195175837
ISBN-10: 0195175832
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 24th January 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 17.88  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.6