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Author Knox, Paul L.

Title Palimpsests : biographies of 50 city districts : international case studies of urban change / Paul L. Knox
Published Basel, Switzerland : Birkhäuser, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (279 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction: Cities and Their Districts -- Abandoibarra, Bilbao -- Adlershof, Berlin -- Ancoats, Manchester -- Belgravia, London -- Boundary Street Estate, London -- Bournville, Birmingham -- Bryggen, Bergen -- Cary, Raleigh -- The City, London -- Dorchester, Boston -- Eastern Harbour, Amsterdam -- Encino, Los Angeles -- False Creek, Vancouver -- Fashion District, New York -- Forest Hills Gardens, New York -- The Ghetto, Venezia -- Grands Boulevards, Paris -- Greenbelt, Maryland -- Hollywood, Los Angeles -- Hoxton, London -- Hufeisensiedlung, Berlin -- Isle of Dogs, London -- Kentlands, Gaithersburg -- The Kuip, Gent -- La Défense, Paris -- Levittown, New York -- Little Saigon, Los Angeles -- The Loop, Chicago -- Lower 9th District, New Orleans -- Le Marais, Paris -- Mission District, San Francisco -- New Town, Edinburgh -- Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia -- Pike Place, Seattle -- Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin -- Quadrilatero della moda, Milano -- Riverside, Chicago -- Scharnhauser Park, Stuttgart -- Schöneberg, Berlin -- Shaw, Washington, D.C. -- South Beach, Miami -- SouthPark, Charlotte -- Spitalfields, London -- Temple Bar, Dublin -- Theatreland, London -- Trastevere, Roma -- Tysons Corner, Virginia -- Quartier Vauban, Freiburg im Breisgau -- Zähringerstadt, Bern -- Zona Tortona, Milano -- Index
Summary "Knox's in-situ studies present 50 especially significant city districts from the whole of Europe in words and pictures. His field research focuses on typologically outstanding city districts that have developed a high degree of individuality. Cities are the symbiosis of diverse districts: the smaller units serve to provide an important identity function: business centers and amusement districts such as the City and the West End in London, technology and science quarters (Adlershof in Berlin), designer districts such as the Zona Tortona in Milan and the Fashion District in New York. Two other factors that play a major role are the conversion of industrial wastelands and new districts colored by a supranational capitalism or a sustainable or dubious planning-- such as the Vauban residential quarter in Freiburg in South Germany or the Lower Ninth District in New Orleans. Paul Knox also always analyzes how and why these districts have turned out the way they are: outlining their visible and also their hidden and often blurred 'biography'"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Cities and towns -- Europe.
Cities and towns -- North America.
Sociology, Urban -- Europe.
Sociology, Urban -- North America.
Urbanization -- Europe.
Urbanization -- North America.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1299720269 (ebk)
3034612125 (electronic bk.)
9781299720268 (ebk)
9783034612128 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Biographies of 50 city districts
International case studies of urban change