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Variations on a Theme Park: Scenes from the New American City

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Publisher Comments:

America's cities are being rapidly transformed by a sinister and homogenous design. A new Kind of urbanism--manipulative, dispersed, and hostile to traditional public space--is emerging both at the heart and at the edge of town in megamalls, corporate enclaves, gentrified zones, and psuedo-historic marketplaces. If anything can be described as a paradigm for these places, it's the theme park, an apparently benign environment in which all is structured to achieve maximum control and in which the idea of authentic interaction among citizens has been thoroughly purged. In this bold collection, eight of our leading urbanists and architectural critics explore the emblematic sites of this new cityscape--from Silicon Valley to Epcot Center, South Street Seaport to downtown Los Angeles--and reveal their disturbing implications for American public life.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-249).

About the Author

Michael Sorkin, an architect and writer, teaches at Cooper Union and Yale, and is the author of The Exquisite Corpse. For ten years, he was the archtecture critic of The Village Voice.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Michael Sorkin, "Variations on a Theme Park"

Margaret Crawford, "The World in a Shopping Mall"

Langdon Winner, "Silicon Valley Mystery House"

Neil Smith, "New City, New Frontier: The Lower East Side as Wild, Wild West"

Edward W. Soja, "Inside Exopolis: Scenes from Orange County"

Trevor Boddy, "Underground and Overhead: Building the Analogous City"

Mike Davis, "Fortress Los Angeles: The Militarization of Urban Space"

M. Christine Boyer, "Cities for Sale: Merchandising History at South Street Seaport"

Michael Sorkin, "See You in Disneyland"

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809096077
Subtitle:
The New American City and the End of Public Space
Publisher:
Hill and Wang
Author:
Sorkin, Michael
Location:
New York :
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Public spaces
Subject:
Public spaces -- United States.
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Urban
Subject:
Land use -- Planning.
Subject:
Urban & Land Use Planning
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1952-53
Publication Date:
19920301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.609 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General

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