The essays in Greening the City span over a century of urban history, moving from fin-de-siecle Sofia to green efforts in urban Seattle. The authors present a wide array of cases that speak to global concerns through the local and specific, with topics that include green-space planning in Barcelona and Mexico City, the distinction between public and private nature in Los Angeles, the ecological diversity of West Berlin, and the historical and cultural significance of hybrid spaces designed for sports. The essays collected here will make us think differently about how we study cities, as well as how we live in them.
Contributors: Dorothee Brantz, Technische Universitat Berlin; Peter Clark, University of Helsinki; Lawrence Culver, Utah State University; Konstanze Sylva Domhardt, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich; Sonja Dumpelmann, University of Maryland; Zachary J. S. Falck, Independent Scholar; Stefanie Hennecke, Technical University Munich; Sonia Hirt, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Salla Jokela, University of Helsinki; Jens Lachmund, Maastricht University; Gary McDonogh, Bryn Mawr College; Jarmo Saarikivi, University of Helsinki; Jeffrey Craig Sanders, Washington State University.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
This collection brings a unified focus to new research that is expanding the boundaries of our understanding of people's relationship to their built and 'natural' environments. In its own way, each essay raises the same question: What is the nature of nature in the city and how has it changed over the past century? Together, these essays open a new frontier of scholarship. Greening the City has the potential of rising to a level of seminal influence.--Harold L. Platt, Loyola University Chicago, author of Shock Cities: The Environmental Transformation and Reform of Manchester and Chicagos