Imaginary Cities

Imaginary Cities Author Darran Anderson
ISBN-10 9780226470306
Year 2017-04-06
Pages 572
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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How can we understand the infinite variety of cities? Darran Anderson seems to exhaust all possibilities in this work of creative nonfiction. Drawing inspiration from Marco Polo and Italo Calvino, Anderson shows that we have much to learn about ourselves by looking not only at the cities we have built, but also at the cities we have imagined. Anderson draws on literature (Gustav Meyrink, Franz Kafka, Jaroslav Hasek, and James Joyce), but he also looks at architectural writings and works by the likes of Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius, Medieval travel memoirs from the Middle East, mid-twentieth-century comic books, Star Trek, mythical lands such as Cockaigne, and the works of Claude Debussy. Anderson sees the visionary architecture dreamed up by architects, artists, philosophers, writers, and citizens as wedded to the egalitarian sense that cities are for everyone. He proves that we must not be locked into the structures that exclude ordinary citizens--that cities evolve and that we can have input. As he says: "If a city can be imagined into being, it can be re-imagined as well."

Imaginary Cities

Imaginary Cities Author Darran Anderson
ISBN-10 9780226470443
Year 2017-04-06
Pages 576
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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For as long as humans have gathered in cities, those cities have had their shining—or shadowy—counterparts. Imaginary cities, potential cities, future cities, perfect cities. It is as if the city itself, its inescapable gritty reality and elbow-to-elbow nature, demands we call into being some alternative, yearned-for better place. This book is about those cities. It’s neither a history of grand plans nor a literary exploration of the utopian impulse, but rather something different, hybrid, idiosyncratic. It’s a magpie’s book, full of characters and incidents and ideas drawn from cities real and imagined around the globe and throughout history. Thomas More’s allegorical island shares space with Soviet mega-planning; Marco Polo links up with James Joyce’s meticulously imagined Dublin; the medieval land of Cockaigne meets the hopeful future of Star Trek. With Darran Anderson as our guide, we find common themes and recurring dreams, tied to the seemingly ineluctable problems of our actual cities, of poverty and exclusion and waste and destruction. And that’s where Imaginary Cities becomes more than a mere—if ecstatically entertaining—intellectual exercise: for, as Anderson says, “If a city can be imagined into being, it can be re-imagined.” Every architect, philosopher, artist, writer, planner, or citizen who dreams up an imaginary city offers lessons for our real ones; harnessing those flights of hopeful fancy can help us improve the streets where we live. Though it shares DNA with books as disparate as Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Jane Jacobs’s Death and Life of Great American Cities, there’s no other book quite like Imaginary Cities. After reading it, you’ll walk the streets of your city—real or imagined—with fresh eyes.

Imaginary Cities

Imaginary Cities Author Darran Anderson
ISBN-10 9780226470306
Year 2017-04-06
Pages 572
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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How can we understand the infinite variety of cities? Darran Anderson seems to exhaust all possibilities in this work of creative nonfiction. Drawing inspiration from Marco Polo and Italo Calvino, Anderson shows that we have much to learn about ourselves by looking not only at the cities we have built, but also at the cities we have imagined. Anderson draws on literature (Gustav Meyrink, Franz Kafka, Jaroslav Hasek, and James Joyce), but he also looks at architectural writings and works by the likes of Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius, Medieval travel memoirs from the Middle East, mid-twentieth-century comic books, Star Trek, mythical lands such as Cockaigne, and the works of Claude Debussy. Anderson sees the visionary architecture dreamed up by architects, artists, philosophers, writers, and citizens as wedded to the egalitarian sense that cities are for everyone. He proves that we must not be locked into the structures that exclude ordinary citizens--that cities evolve and that we can have input. As he says: "If a city can be imagined into being, it can be re-imagined as well."

The Minimum Dwelling

The Minimum Dwelling Author Karel Teige
ISBN-10 0262201364
Year 2002
Pages 412
Language en
Publisher MIT Press
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The long-awaited English-language publication of Karel Teige's influential book on the minimum dwelling as a new housing type for the working class.

Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse Author Michael Sorkin
ISBN-10 0860913236
Year 1991
Pages 365
Language en
Publisher Verso
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'Exquisite Corpse' was a game played by the surrealists in which someone drew on a piece of paper, folded it and passed it to the next person to draw on until, finally, the sheet was opened to reveal a calculated yet random composition. In this entertaining and provocative book, Michael Sorkin suggests that cities are similarly assembled by many players acting with varying autonomy in a complicit framework. An unfolding terrain of invention, the city is also a means of accommodating disparity, of contextualizing sometimes startling juxtapositions. Sorkin's aim is to widen the debate about the creation of buildings beyond the immediate issues of technology and design. He discusses the politics and culture of architecture with daring, often devastating, observations about the institutions and personalities who have dominated the profession over the past decade. Their preoccupation with the empty style of 'beach houses and Disneyland' has consistently trivialized the full constructive scope of contemporary architecture's possibilities. Sorkin's interventions range from the development scandals of New York where 'skyscrapers stand at the intersection between grid and greed', through the deconstructivist architectural culture of Los Angeles, to the work and ideas of architects, developers and critics such as Alvar Aalto, Norman Foster, Paul Goldberger, Michael Graves, Coop Himmelblau, Philip Johnson, Leon Krier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Rogers, Carlo Scarpa, James Stirling, Donald Trump, Tom Wolfe and Lebbeus Woods. Throughout Sorkin combines stinging polemic with a powerful call for a rebirth of architecture that is visionary and experimental--a recuperated 'dreamy science'

Kalpa Imperial

Kalpa Imperial Author Anga(c)Lica Gorodischer
ISBN-10 9781931520058
Year 2003
Pages 246
Language en
Publisher Small Beer Press
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A novel of linked tales tells the story of an imaginary civilization from its origins as a collection of hunter-gatherer tribes to its zenith as a sophisticated technological empire.

Art Deco Architecture

Art Deco Architecture Author Patricia Bayer
ISBN-10 0500281491
Year 1999
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher
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This exploration of Art Deco architectural design embraces many different times and places in its visual and verbal account of the movement's origins, development, and influence.

Colors of the World

Colors of the World Author Jean-Philippe Lenclos
ISBN-10 0393731472
Year 2004
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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"Through the visual evidence of over six hundred radiant color photographs, supplemented by watercolor sketches and color synthesis charts, the Lencloses explain their system and provide a pertinent and objective comparison of assorted chromatic microcosms worldwide, as well as a fascinating look at the infinite diversity with which color expresses itself. From the delicate tones of bamboo roofs in Japan to the tangy-hued house facades created from mineral pigments in African soils, Colors of the World offers a visually alluring survey of the significant chromatic personalities within local geographies, histories, and traditions in countries around the world."--BOOK JACKET.

California Crazy and Beyond

California Crazy and Beyond Author Jim Heimann
ISBN-10 0811830187
Year 2001-04-01
Pages 180
Language en
Publisher Chronicle Books
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In 1980, Los Angeles historian Jim Heimann wrote a book about the oddball roadside architecture that has dotted the American landscape since the advent of the auto. Published by Chronicle Books as California Crazy, it stayed in print for nearly 20 years. Finally, here is the greatly expanded new edition of that sought-after classic. California Crazy and Beyond is packed with madcap restaurants, motels, service stations, and many other businesses shaped like hot dogs, animals, airplanes, pianos, and other architectural anomalies. Over the years, Heimann's continued research has uncovered a multitude of new pictures and forgotten buildings. With over 380 photographs and an illuminating text that tracks the subject well beyond the bounds of the West Coast, California Crazy and Beyond is an authoritative document of a style born in America and spread to all corners of the world.

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book Author Neil Gaiman
ISBN-10 9781408808207
Year 2009-11-02
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher A&C Black
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When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

God Gave Us This Country

God Gave Us This Country Author Bil Gilbert
ISBN-10 UOM:39015014522109
Year 1989-01-01
Pages 369
Language en
Publisher Atheneum Books
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Looks at the fifty year period during which the whites broke the Indian nations, and offers profiles of Tecumseh and other leaders who influenced that era

The ranch house

The ranch house Author Alan Hess
ISBN-10 UCSD:31822034166157
Year 2004
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
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Documenting recent trends that reflect the growing popularity of ranch-style house restoration, a tour of more than thirty iconic examples features L- and U-shaped floor plans that incorporate such typical design elements as sliding glass doors that provide direct access to patios from living areas. 17,500 first printing.

The Architecture of the Eighteenth Century

The Architecture of the Eighteenth Century Author John Summerson
ISBN-10 0500202028
Year 1986
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Thames & Hudson
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Looks at eighteenth-century palaces, churches, theaters, libraries, museums, prisons, hospitals, and banks, discusses their various styles, and discusses the development of urban planning