City of Quartz Excavating the Future in Los Angeles New Edition

Author: Mike Davis
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844675685
Release Date: 2006-09-17
Genre: Political Science

This new edition of Mike Davis’s visionary work gives an update on Los Angeles as the city hits the 21st century. No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where "you can rot without feeling it." To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA's shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity. In this new edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city's current status.

City of Quartz

Author: Mike Davis
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844674862
Release Date: 2006-09-17
Genre: Social Science

No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA’s shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity. In this new edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city’s current status.

City of Quartz

Author: Mike Davis
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780712666237
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Cities and towns

In this taut and compulsive exploration, Mike Davis recounts the story of Los Angeles with passion, wit and an acute eye for the absurd, the unjust and, often the dangerous. He tells a lurid tale of greed, manipulation, power and prejudice that has made Los Angeles one of the most cosmopolitan and most class-divided cities in the United States. As the Joshua trees are ripped from the desert by developers of walled communities protected by 'armed response' security, as yet more concrete is poured to defend Japanese real estate from desperate migrants without work or hope, as a stew of greed, megalonamia and corruption wreaks ever more havoc on his native city, Davis' elegiac tale points to a future in which the sublime and the dreadful are inextricable. That future does not belong to Southern California alone. Terrifyingly it belongs to us all.

The Blackwell City Reader

Author: Gary Bridge
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781405189835
Release Date: 2010-03-08
Genre: Architecture

Updated to reflect the most current thinking on urban studies, this new edition of "The Blackwell City Reader" brings together a wide range of essential readings relating to the analysis and experience of cities across the globe. Selections are carefully gathered from a variety of academic disciplines ranging from architecture, sociology, and literature to cultural studies, philosophy, and even psychoanalysis to provide the most diverse perspectives and in-depth coverage of the field. The new edition incorporates major developments in the study of materialities and mobilities, two areas at the heart of many contemporary debates; it also features enhanced coverage on non-Western cities that reflect recent growth trends, especially in Asia, China, and India, making it the most international reader of its kind. "The Blackwell City Reader, Second Edition" combines established and novel readings from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and geographical locales to provide an indispensable source for the most up-to-date thinking on cities of today and tomorrow.

Gro stadt

Author: Hartmut Häussermann
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783663102007
Release Date: 2013-04-17
Genre: Social Science


Street Meeting

Author: Mark Wild
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520941764
Release Date: 2005-06-06
Genre: History

Immigrant neighborhoods of the early twentieth century have commonly been viewed as segregated, homogeneous slums isolated from the larger "American" city. But as Mark Wild demonstrates in this new study of Los Angeles, such districts often nurtured dynamic, diverse environments where residents interacted with individuals of other races and cultures. In fact, as his engaging account makes clear, between 1900 and 1940 such multiethnic areas mushroomed in Los Angeles. Street Meeting, enriched with oral histories, reminiscences, newspaper reports, and other sources, examines interactions among working-class Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, Jews, Italians, African Americans, and others, reminding us that Los Angeles has been a multiethnic city since its birth. This study further argues that these ethnic interactions played a crucial role in the urban development of the United States during the early decades of the twentieth century.

Urbane Globalisierung

Author: Hauke Jan Rolf
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3835060236
Release Date: 2006-07-26
Genre: Social Science

Die Wissenschaft spricht angesichts schwindender kultureller, sozialer und wirtschaftlicher Unterschiede zwischen Stadt und Land vom globalen Dorf. Dieser Begriff ruft die Vorstellung hervor, dass die raumtransformative Entwicklung eine ganzheitliche Veränderung sei, die dörfliche Geborgenheit, Vertrautheit und Übersichtlichkeit verbreitet. Doch lebt die Mehrheit der Menschen in urbanen Verhältnissen: oft in fragmentierten Großstädten mit entvölkerten Business-Zentren, gentrifizierten Quartieren der neuen, in Gated Communities eingeschlossenen Eliten und marginalisierten Slums der Globalisierungsverlierer. Hauke Jan Rolf stützt sich auf eine stadtspezifische Betrachtungsweise und untersucht im Rahmen seiner Globalisierungskritik, inwieweit ökonomistische Ansätze im Globalisierungsdiskurs vorherrschen und sich auch in stadtbezogenen Analysen wie der Global City-Konzeption widerspiegeln. Er präsentiert eine tiefgreifende Studie der stadtspezifischen Globalisierungskonfiguration, die historische und kulturelle Bezüge herstellt, sozioökonomische Entwicklungsdivergenzen verschieden gearteter Städte berücksichtigt und politische Handlungsalternativen anbietet.

Anaheim Utopia americana

Author: Rainer Vollmar
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
ISBN: 3515073086
Release Date: 1998
Genre: History

Anaheim weist eine interessante Wandlungsgeschichte auf, die von der ersten deutschen landwirtschaftlichen Weinbaukolonie (Anteilsgenossenschaft) in Suedkalifornien zu einem fruehen "amusement place" mit internationaler Ausstrahlung fuehrte. In seiner Genese zeichnen sich verschiedene Stadien ab, die vom Campo Alem�n ueber den Marktort und die kommerzielle Landstadt bis zur Nachkriegszeit fuehrte. Erst mit der Disneyland-Kultur, der Postmodernit�t und "Mickeytropolis als Fun-, Sport- und Convention City im Land von Morgen", die mit der Machtausdehnung der Disney Corp. einhergeht, repr�sentiert Anaheim eine "corporate oder entrepreneurial city". Mit dieser Fortschrittsfunktion reiht es sich in die richtungsweisende super- oder postmoderne Stadtkonkurrenz ein, die mit der Entwicklung des privatwirtschaftlichen Vergnuegungsmarketing der "theme park"-Erlebnis- und Konsumwelten, dem kommerziellen Schausport und dem "Tagungsbusiness" verbunden ist. Seine Stadtstruktur, der funktionale Wandel und die gebaute Umwelt spiegeln diesen Werdegang anschaulich wider. �R. Vollmar bindet die Entwicklung Anaheims in einen uebergeordneten Rahmen, der alle wichtigen neueren Entwicklungenstendenzen der nordamerikanischen Stadt beruecksichtigt. Das Buch ist reichhaltig mit Abbildungen versehen und gut lesbar. Es tr�gt sehr zum Verst�ndnis der nordamerikanischen Stadt bei, denn auch fuer die Entwicklung anderer St�dte war die Ansiedlung von Amusement Parks von entscheidender Bedeutung.� Geolit "This is a splendid book physically, handsome and solid, stuffed with fine illustrations and graphics." Utopian Studies.

Zur Aktualit t von Mike Davis

Author: Frank Eckardt
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783531187662
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Genre: Social Science

Mit seinem Buch „City of Quartz“ hat Mike Davis im Jahr 1990 eine intensive Recherche zu aktuellen Themen der Stadtentwicklung anhand von Los Angeles vorgelegt. Dabei hat er nicht nur quasi die zwei Jahre später stattfindenden Unruhen vorhergesagt, sondern eine weitergehende Theorie der post-liberalen Stadt entwickelt, die die Stadtsoziologie im hohen Maß beunruhigt hat. Ist Los Angeles erst der Anfang? Davis ist ein kritischer Historiker, der sich aus der Arbeiterbewegung kommend mit Themen wie der amerikanischen Arbeiterbewegung, der Latino-Immigration und den Auswirkungen des Neo-Liberalismus beschäftigt hat. Seinen theoretischen Ansatz einer kritischen Stadtsoziologie hat er darüber hinaus mit Büchern über San Diego, den „Toten Städten“ und über die weltweiten Slums dargelegt.

Creating the Future

Author: Michael Fallon
Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 9781619024045
Release Date: 2014-08-18
Genre: Art

Conceived as a challenge to long-standing conventional wisdom, Creating the Future is a work of social history/cultural criticism that examines the premise that the progress of art in Los Angeles ceased during the 1970s—after the decline of the Ferus Gallery, the scattering of its stable of artists (Robert Irwin, Ed Kienholz, Ed Moses, Ed Rusha and others), and the economic struggles throughout the decade—and didn’t resume until sometime around 1984 when Mark Tansey, Alison Saar, Judy Fiskin, Carrie Mae Weems, David Salle, Manuel Ocampo, among others became stars in an exploding art market. However, this is far from the reality of the L.A. art scene in the 1970s. The passing of those fashionable 1960s-era icons, in fact, allowed the development of a chaotic array of outlandish and independent voices, marginalized communities, and energetic, sometimes bizarre visions that thrived during the stagnant 1970s. Fallon’s narrative describes and celebrates, through twelve thematically arranged chapters, the wide range of intriguing artists and the world—not just the objects—they created. He reveals the deeper, more culturally dynamic truth about a significant moment in American art history, presenting an alternative story of stubborn creativity in the face of widespread ignorance and misapprehension among the art cognoscenti, who dismissed the 1970s in Los Angeles as a time of dissipation and decline. Coming into being right before their eyes was an ardent local feminist art movement, which had lasting influence on the direction of art across the nation; an emerging Chicano Art movement, spreading Chicano murals across Los Angeles and to other major cities; a new and more modern vision for the role and look of public art; a slow consolidation of local street sensibilities, car fetishism, gang and punk aesthetics into the earliest version of what would later become the “Lowbrow” art movement; the subversive co-opting, in full view of Pop Art, of the values, aesthetics, and imagery of Tinseltown by a number of young and innovative local artists who would go on to greater national renown; and a number of independent voices who, lacking the support structures of an art movement or artist cohort, pursued their brilliant artistic visions in near-isolation. Despite the lack of attention, these artists would later reemerge as visionary signposts to many later trends in art. Their work would prove more interesting, more lastingly influential, and vastly more important than ever imagined or expected by those who saw it or even by those who created it in 1970’s Los Angeles. Creating the Future is a visionary work that seeks to recapture this important decade and its influence on today’s generation of artists.

Planet der Slums

Author: Mike Davis
Publisher:
ISBN: 3935936567
Release Date: 2007
Genre: City and town life

Mike Davis konstatiert in diesem ambitionierten und verstörenden Buch eine" Kopernikansche Wende"der menschlichen Siedlungsgeschichte. Denn nie zuvor überstieg der Anteil der Stadtbevölkerung den Anteil der auf dem Land Wohnenden und nie zuvor sah sich eine ungeheure Anzahl von über einer Milliarde Menschen gezwungen, ihr Überleben in Armut, im Schmutz der Müllhalden, ohne (sauberes) Wasser, ohne Toiletten, ohne irgendeine Art der Gesundheits- oder Sozialversorgung zu organisieren. Die Megaslums des" Südens"sind Ausdruck einer im höchsten Maße ungleichen und instabilen urbanen Welt. Hier treffen die sozialen Fronten der Globalisierung in radikaler Weise aufeinander.

Gro stadt

Author: Hartmut Häussermann
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783663102007
Release Date: 2013-04-17
Genre: Social Science