Resilient City How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster

ISBN-10: 0195175832

ISBN-13: 9780195175837

Edition: 2005

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Description: In 1871, the city of Chicago was almost entirely destroyed by what became known as The Great Fire. Thirty-five years later, San Francisco lay in smoldering ruins after the catastrophic earthquake of 1906. Or consider the case of the Jerusalem, the greatest site of physical destruction and renewal in history, which, over three millennia, has suffered wars, earthquakes, fires, twenty sieges, eighteen reconstructions, and at least eleven transitions from one religious faith to another. Yet this ancient city has regenerated itself time and again, and still endures. Throughout history, cities have been sacked, burned, torched, bombed, flooded, besieged, and leveled. And yet they almost always rise from the ashes to rebuild. Viewing a wide array of urban disasters in global historical perspective, The Resilient City traces the aftermath of such cataclysms as: --the British invasion of Washington in 1814 --the devastation wrought on Berlin, Warsaw, and Tokyo during World War II --the late-20th century earthquakes that shattered Mexico City and the Chinese city of Tangshan --Los Angeles after the 1992 riots --the Oklahoma City bombing --the destruction of the World Trade Center Revealing how traumatized city-dwellers consistently develop narratives of resilience and how the pragmatic process of urban recovery is always fueled by highly symbolic actions, The Resilient City offers a deeply informative and unsentimental tribute to the dogged persistence of the city, and indeed of the human spirit.

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Lawrence J. Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author most recently of Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities.

Thomas Campanella is a contributing editor to Wired & regular contributor to Architectural Record. p He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Introduction : the cities rise again
Making progress : disaster narratives and the art of optimism in modern America
"The predicament of aftermath" : Oklahoma city and September 11
The city's end : past and present narratives of New York's destruction
Patriotism and the reconstruction of Washington, D.C., after the British invasion of 1814
Double restoration : rebuilding Berlin after 1945
Warsaw : reconstruction as propaganda
A delayed healing : understanding the fragmented resilience of Gernika
Resurrecting Jerusalem
Resilient Tokyo : disaster and transformation in the Japanese city
"Resist the earthquake and rescue ourselves" : the reconstruction of Tangshan after the 1976 earthquake
Reverberations : Mexico city's 1985 earthquake and the transformation of the capital
A vital void : reconstructions of downtown Beirut
After the unrest : ten years of rebuilding Los Angeles following the trauma of 1992
Cyborg agonistes : disaster and reconstruction in the digital electronic era
Conclusion : axioms of resilience
Suggestions for further reading on urban disasters and recovery
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