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Co-winner of the 2003 Spiro Kostof Award presented by the Society of Architectural Historians.

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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.

Review:

"Concrete and Clay is an important contribution to the still-nascent literature in urban environmental history. It is likely authors of subsequent monographs will build upon the theoretical perspective Gandy developed in this account of capital, urban space, and nature in New York City." Greg Hise, Journal of Regional Science

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

Synopsis:

An interdisciplinary account of the environmental history and changing landscape of New York City.

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andlt;Pandgt;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.andlt;/Pandgt;

About the Author

Matthew Gandy teaches geography and urban studies in the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences at University College London. He has been a visiting scholar in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262572163
Author:
Gandy, Matthew
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
gan
Author:
dy, Matthew
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Architecture-Urban Planning
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments Concrete and Clay
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 illus.
Pages:
358
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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"Review" by , "Concrete and Clay is an important contribution to the still-nascent literature in urban environmental history. It is likely authors of subsequent monographs will build upon the theoretical perspective Gandy developed in this account of capital, urban space, and nature in New York City."
"Review" by , "Gandy deftly and provocatively connects issue of health, politics, economics, and urbanology in a compulsively readable and illuminating cultural analysis."
"Synopsis" by , An interdisciplinary account of the environmental history and changing landscape of New York City.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;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.andlt;/Pandgt;
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