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Cities and Buildings: Skyscrapers, Skid Rows, and Suburbs (Creating the North American Landscape)

Опубликовано на портале: 27-11-2006
Изд-во: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994, 328 с.
In this text, Ford offers an account of the relationship between urban architecture - especially vernacular architecture - and the spatial arrangement and development of cities in North America. From office towers in the central business district to commercial strips in the "edge city", Ford shows how changes in the built environment parallel changes in urban economies and human culture. Focusing on ordinary structures rather than famous landmarks, the book aims to provide a guide to understanding the changing character of any urban landscape. Ford describes how the idea - as well as the appearance - of the modern city has changed with the evolution of buildings such as skyscrapers, skid-row hotels, single family bungalows and ranches, large apartment buildings, public-housing towers, motels, mini-malls and festival market-places. Through illustrated case studies of specific building types in particular places, Ford explores the conflicting forces of decline, revitalization and preservation that constantly transform the urban scene.

Preface: Thinking about Cities; or, My World and Welcome to It

Introduction: Merging the Traditions of Space and Place

1.Downtown Buildings: The Role of the Skyscraper in Shaping the American Central Business District

2.The Downtown Frame: Buildings in Transition

3.Places to Shop: Arcades, Bazaars, and Festival Centers

4.The American Single-Family House

5.Multiunit Housing and City Structure

6.Drive-in Dreams: Decades of Design on the American Commercial Strip

7.Architectural Innovations at Home and Abroad: Some Speculations on Future Trends