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Title:
Imaging the city : continuing struggles and new directions
Author:
Vale, Lawrence J., 1959-
Publication Information:
New Brunswick, NJ : Center for Urban Policy Research, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xxiii, 519 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Image construction in premodern cities / Julian Beinart -- Place marketing : using media to promote cities / Briavel Holcomb -- From flames to flowers : the role of planning in re-imaging the South Bronx / Eugenie Ladner Birch -- Re-imaging the Rust Belt : can Cleveland sustain the renaissance? / Patricia Burgess, Ruth Durack, and Edward W. Hill -- Skyscraper competition in Asia : new city images and new city form / Larry R. Ford -- The images of commonplace living in modern city-regions / Judith A. Martin and Sam Bass Warner Jr. -- Tales of Manhattan : mapping the urban imagination through Hollywood film / Henry Jenkins -- Image renewal : polemic and presentation in the urban theory of Rem Koolhaas and Leon Krier / Sandy Isenstadt -- Anti-urbanist city images and new media culture / Thomas J. Campanella -- Narrative places and the new practice of urban design / Dennis Frenchman -- The city in cyberspace / Anne Beamish -- Urban images on children's television / Lawrence J. Vale and Julia R. Dobrow -- Urban counter-images : community activism meets public art / Deborah Karasov -- Ephemera, temporary urbanism, and imaging / J. Mark Schuster -- Rating place-ratings / John de Monchaux -- New public realms : re-imaging the city-region / Lawrence J. Vale.
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9780882851693

9780882851709
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Summary

Seventeen essays consider the struggles over city images, responses to the overwhelming character of urban life, and new images. Particular attention is given to the promotion of cities through marketing, images of city life as presented by Hollywood and children's television, the role of urban theory, the practice of urban design, and community activism. The South Bronx, Cleveland, and the Twin Cities are U.S. case studies considered; the experiences of Asian locations, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur are explored as well. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR


Summary

Planners face a controversial task because their professional role requires them to be spokespersons for the public interest. In a welter of conflicting pictures and voices, how might the public interest be discovered? Once identified, how might it be expressed so that competing publics attend to it? There are no easy answers, but the experience of planners today suggests ways of working and innovations of promise.The focus on planning practice prompted the editors to analyze images that are now at work in our cities. For Vale and Warner, all city design and constructions offer material that people should include in images of their environment. The built and building city are part of the experience of all city dwellers; it is theirs to incorporate, interpret, or ignore. Essays included in this text trace the interplay between physical objects of planners and architects and the social experience and outlooks of image makers and their audiences.Imaging the City explores urban image making from civic boosterism of medieval cities to iconic imagery of Times Square. Vale and Warner bring together urban historians, geographers, city planners, architects, and cultural commentators to analyze the creation of urban imagery from the signature skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur to the re-creation of the South Bronx and the use of city images in film, literature, television, and on the Internet. Urban dwellers, urban planners, architects, municipal officials, sociologists, urban historians - all will perceive their worlds with a heightened sense of awareness after reading this book.


Author Notes

Lawrence J. Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include Architecture, Power, and National Identity and Reclaiming Public Housing: A Half Century of Struggle in Three Public Neighborhoods.

Sam Bass Warner Jr. is an urban historian best known for his writings on American urban development including: The Urban Wilderness: A History of the American City and The Private City: Philadelphia in Three Periods of Its Growth (winner of the Bancroft Prie).


Reviews 2

Choice Review

Prosperous cities today are those that can offer an amenity-rich environment to businesses, residents, and tourists. Consequently, their desirability hinges on how they are perceived. Fueled by aggressive place-marketing, the result is a "blizzard" of city images jostling for public attention. How are urban planners, the editors of this collection ask, to make sense of this? What the editors provide is an overview of current forms of city image making--"imaging" in the jargon. These forms range from resident images of common places to public art, from cyberspace images to urban design renderings, from images on children's television to skyscrapers, and from filmic portrayal to 14th-century frescoes. In 16 chapters, a diverse range of media and (mostly visual) images are explored. The editors provide an introduction and a short overview to each chapter. The book concludes with a bibliographic essay that makes clear the debt the authors owe to Kevin Lynch's famous work The Image of the City (1960). Overall, this is a useful reference, a collection to sample as one is introduced to the many ways the city can be imagined. For urban studies and architecture collections. R. A. Beauregard New School University


Choice Review

Prosperous cities today are those that can offer an amenity-rich environment to businesses, residents, and tourists. Consequently, their desirability hinges on how they are perceived. Fueled by aggressive place-marketing, the result is a "blizzard" of city images jostling for public attention. How are urban planners, the editors of this collection ask, to make sense of this? What the editors provide is an overview of current forms of city image making--"imaging" in the jargon. These forms range from resident images of common places to public art, from cyberspace images to urban design renderings, from images on children's television to skyscrapers, and from filmic portrayal to 14th-century frescoes. In 16 chapters, a diverse range of media and (mostly visual) images are explored. The editors provide an introduction and a short overview to each chapter. The book concludes with a bibliographic essay that makes clear the debt the authors owe to Kevin Lynch's famous work The Image of the City (1960). Overall, this is a useful reference, a collection to sample as one is introduced to the many ways the city can be imagined. For urban studies and architecture collections. R. A. Beauregard New School University


Table of Contents

Sam Bass Warner Jr. and Lawrence J. ValeJulian BeinartBriavel HolcombEugenie Ladner BirchPatricia Burgess and Ruth Durack and Edward W. HillLarry R. FordJudith A. Martin and Sam Bass Warner Jr.Henry JenkinsSandy IsenstadtThomas J. CampanellaDennis FrenchmanAnne BeamishLawrence J. Vale and Julia R. DobrowDeborah KarasovJ. Mark SchusterJohn de MonchauxLawrence J. ValeLawrence J. ValeSam Bass Warner Jr. and Lawrence J. ValeJulian BeinartBriavel HolcombEugenie Ladner BirchPatricia Burgess and Ruth Durack and Edward W. HillLarry R. FordJudith A. Martin and Sam Bass Warner Jr.Henry JenkinsSandy IsenstadtThomas J. CampanellaDennis FrenchmanAnne BeamishLawrence J. Vale and Julia R. DobrowDeborah KarasovJ. Mark SchusterJohn de MonchauxLawrence J. ValeLawrence J. Vale
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Cities, Media, and Imagingp. xiii
Part I Struggles Over City Images
1. Image Construction in Premodern Citiesp. 3
2. Place Marketing: using media to promote citiesp. 33
3. From Flames to Flowers: the role of planning in re-imaging the south bronxp. 57
4. Re-Imaging the Rust Belt: can cleveland sustain the renaissance?p. 95
5. Skyscraper Competition in Asia: new city images and new city formp. 119
6. The Images of Commonplace Living in Modern City-Regionsp. 145
Part II Responses to the Overwhelming City
7. Tales of Manhattan: Mapping the Urban Imagination through hollywood filmp. 179
8. Image Renewal: polemic and presentation in the urban theory of rem koolhaas and leon krierp. 213
9. Anti-Urbanist City Images and New Media Culturep. 237
Part III New Images and New Image Makers
10. Narrative Places and the New Practice of Urban Designp. 257
11. The City in Cyberspacep. 283
12. Urban Images on Children's Televisionp. 301
13. Urban Counter-Images: community activism meets public artp. 331
14. Ephemera, Temporary Urbanism, and Imagingp. 361
15. Rating Place-Ratingsp. 397
16. New Public Realms: Re-imaging the City-Regionp. 419
Appendix City Imaging: a bibliographic essayp. 439
Notesp. 455
Creditsp. 489
Contributorsp. 495
Indexp. 499
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Cities, Media, and Imagingp. xiii
Part I Struggles Over City Images
1. Image Construction in Premodern Citiesp. 3
2. Place Marketing: using media to promote citiesp. 33
3. From Flames to Flowers: the role of planning in re-imaging the south bronxp. 57
4. Re-Imaging the Rust Belt: can cleveland sustain the renaissance?p. 95
5. Skyscraper Competition in Asia: new city images and new city formp. 119
6. The Images of Commonplace Living in Modern City-Regionsp. 145
Part II Responses to the Overwhelming City
7. Tales of Manhattan: Mapping the Urban Imagination through hollywood filmp. 179
8. Image Renewal: polemic and presentation in the urban theory of rem koolhaas and leon krierp. 213
9. Anti-Urbanist City Images and New Media Culturep. 237
Part III New Images and New Image Makers
10. Narrative Places and the New Practice of Urban Designp. 257
11. The City in Cyberspacep. 283
12. Urban Images on Children's Televisionp. 301
13. Urban Counter-Images: community activism meets public artp. 331
14. Ephemera, Temporary Urbanism, and Imagingp. 361
15. Rating Place-Ratingsp. 397
16. New Public Realms: Re-imaging the City-Regionp. 419
Appendix City Imaging: a bibliographic essayp. 439
Notesp. 455
Creditsp. 489
Contributorsp. 495
Indexp. 499