Another City Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic

ISBN-10: 0300124880
ISBN-13: 9780300124880
Edition: 2008
Authors: Dell Upton
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, burgeoning American cities like New Orleans and Philadelphia seemed increasingly chaotic. Noise, odors, and a feverish level of activity on the streets threatened to overwhelm the senses. Growing populations placed new demands on every aspect of the urban landscape—streets, parks, schools, asylums, cemeteries, markets, waterfronts, and more. In this unique exploration of the early history of urban architecture and design, leading architectural historian Dell Upton reveals the fascinating confluence of sociological, cultural, and psychological factors that shaped American cities in the antebellum years. nbsp; Through contemporary travel accounts, diaries, and correspondence, as well as maps, architectural drawings, paintings, and prints—many previously unpublished--Upton investigates not onlyhowbuildings were designed, streets were laid out, and urban space was put to use, but alsowhy. He offers original insights into the way cities were imagined, and an extensive selection of illustrations recreates the various features of the urban landscape in the nineteenth century.

Introduction
The Lived City
Cities of Perpetual Ruin and Repair
The Relics of Civilized Life
The Smell of Danger
Noise and Gabble
Seeing and Believing
Metropolitan Improvements
The Grid and the Republican Spatial Imagination
Gridding Consumption
Permutations of the Pigeonhole: Architecture as Memory
Gridding the Graveyard
Gridded utopias
Public Spaces and Private Citizens
On the Waterfront
In Public Walks
Conclusion
Abbreviations
Notes
Index
Plates follow page 278

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