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Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York City's World Trade Center

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When the World Trade Towers in New York City were erected at the Hudsons edge, they led the way to a real estate boom that was truly astonishing. Divided We Stand reveals the coming together and eruption of four volatile elements: super-tall buildings, financial speculation, globalization, and terrorism. The Trade Center serves as a potent symbol of the disastrous consequences of undemocratic planning and development.This book is a history of that skyscraping ambition and the impact it had on New York and international life. It is a portrait of a building complex that lives at the convergence point of social and economic realities central not only to New York City but to all industrial cities and suburbs. A meticulously researched historical account based on primary documents, Divided We Stand is a contemporary indictment of the prevailing urban order in the spirit of Jane Jacobss mid-century classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

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A perspective on urban culture in the latter part of the 20th century through the lens of the World Trade Center.

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When the World Trade Center was erected at the Hudson Rivers edge, it forever changed the character of the American city. In Divided We Stand, cultural critic Eric Darton chronicles the life of this billion-dollar building, using it as a lens through which to view the broader twentieth-century trend toward urbanized, global culture. Drawing on political and social history, Darton pioneers a new hybrid genre of architectural biography, revealing the convergence of four volatile elements in contemporary urban life: super tall buildings, financial speculation, globalization, and terrorism.

Now with a new introduction and afterword, Divided We Stand remains the definitive work on the birth and life of the World Trade Center.

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When New York's World Trade Towers burst into prominence at the Hudson River's edge, their towering height was matched in presumptuousness only by the hubris of their name. This challenging and insightful book presents a history of that seismic moment of skyscraping ambition, and the consequences it had both for the future development of New York and urban life everywhere.

About the Author

Eric Darton is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Free City, a cofounder of Yomama Art in New York City, and a former contributing editor of Conjunctions. He teaches media, technology, and cultural studies at Hunter College in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465017270
Subtitle:
A Biography of the World Trade Center
Author:
Darton, Eric
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Office buildings
Subject:
Skyscrapers
Subject:
Political Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20110802
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.63 in 12.5 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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A perspective on urban culture in the latter part of the 20th century through the lens of the World Trade Center.
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When the World Trade Center was erected at the Hudson Rivers edge, it forever changed the character of the American city. In Divided We Stand, cultural critic Eric Darton chronicles the life of this billion-dollar building, using it as a lens through which to view the broader twentieth-century trend toward urbanized, global culture. Drawing on political and social history, Darton pioneers a new hybrid genre of architectural biography, revealing the convergence of four volatile elements in contemporary urban life: super tall buildings, financial speculation, globalization, and terrorism.

Now with a new introduction and afterword, Divided We Stand remains the definitive work on the birth and life of the World Trade Center.

"Synopsis" by , When New York's World Trade Towers burst into prominence at the Hudson River's edge, their towering height was matched in presumptuousness only by the hubris of their name. This challenging and insightful book presents a history of that seismic moment of skyscraping ambition, and the consequences it had both for the future development of New York and urban life everywhere.
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