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City Trees: A Historical Geography from the Renaissance Through the Nineteenth Century

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For those who have ever wondered why we have trees in cities or what makes the layout of cities like Paris and Amsterdam seem so memorable, City Trees: A Historical Geography from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century by Henry W. Lawrence provides a comprehensive and handsome guide to the history of trees in urban landscapes. Covering four centuries of development in the cities of Europe and America, this book shows how trees became integral to urban landscapes by looking at the historical evolution of the spaces in which they were planted and how these spaces were used.

Reflecting on the impact trees have had on what many consider to be the fundamental aspects of city life--people, buildings, social and economic activity--Lawrence draws on graphic materials, written descriptions, local histories, and archival research to provide a unique look at the tree's role in urban landscape history. Primarily concerned with aesthetics, power, and national traditions, Lawrence reflects on the differing impacts city trees have had on multiple aspects of culture, from their roles as symbols and their representation of economic prosperity to the differing ways nations planted their trees, which gradually blended into an international style of urban planting.

Complete with fascinating illustrations, City Trees will appeal to those interested in urban history and geography as well as the general public interested in cities, cultural history, and landscape design.

Book News Annotation:

The tree-lined streets that Americans take for granted are heirs to the late-19th century model of the green city as a symbol of civilization in a rapidly changing urban environment. Lawrence (geosciences, Edinboro U. of Pennsylvania) traces this concept back to its Renaissance roots. Though landscape design initially lagged behind building design, the period's cosmopolitan nature, class consciousness, and nationalistic competitiveness led to the innovation of less formal gardens extending into surrounding areas with greater use of trees and more public access. He treats these influences on urban green spaces in the US and today's globalized world. The volume includes period illustrations, city plans and maps.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The tree-lined streets that Americans take for granted are heirs to the late-19th century model of the green city as a symbol of civilization in a rapidly changing urban environment. Lawrence (geosciences, Edinboro U. of Pennsylvania) traces this concept back to its Renaissance roots. Though landscape design initially lagged behind building design, the period's cosmopolitan nature, class consciousness, and nationalistic competitiveness led to the innovation of less formal gardens extending into surrounding areas with greater use of trees and more public access. He treats these influences on urban green spaces in the US and today's globalized world. The volume includes period illustrations, city plans and maps. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A cultural study of how trees have been used in public spaces in the cities of Europe and the Americas over the course of four centuries, from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813925332
Subtitle:
A Historical Geography from the Renaissance Through the Nineteenth Century
Publisher:
Libri
Author:
Lawrence, Henry W.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Trees in cities
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
10.14x7.24x1.14 in. 1.99 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A cultural study of how trees have been used in public spaces in the cities of Europe and the Americas over the course of four centuries, from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
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