Author: Eric W. Sanderson
Release Date: 2013-12-01
On September 12, 1609, Henry Hudson first set foot on the land that would become Manhattan. Today, it’s difficult to imagine what he saw, but for more than a decade, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson has been working to do just that. Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City is the astounding result of those efforts, reconstructing in words and images the wild island that millions now call home. By geographically matching an 18th-century map with one of the modern city, examining volumes of historic documents, and collecting and analyzing scientific data, Sanderson re-creates the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown. His lively text guides readers through this abundant landscape, while breathtaking illustrations transport them back in time. Mannahatta is a groundbreaking work that provides not only a window into the past, but also inspiration for the future.
Author: Eric Sanderson
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Release Date: 2009-05-01
Reconstructs the ecological history of Manhattan through period maps, archeological discoveries, and computational geography to create pictures and descriptions of Manhattan from 1609 to the present day.
Contributors to the collection examine literary, historical, and cultural examples from the 19th century to the 21st. They explore notions of the common--namely, common humanity, common wealth, and common ground--and the relation of these notions to often conflicting definitions of who (or what) can have access to "citizenship" and "rights." The book engages in scholarly ecological analysis via the lens of various human groups--ethnic, racial, gendered, coalitional--that are shaping twenty-first century environmental experience and vision.
Author: David Owen
Release Date: 2009-09-17
Genre: Social Science
Look out for David Owen's next book, Where the Water Goes. A challenging, controversial, and highly readable look at our lives, our world, and our future. Most Americans think of crowded cities as ecological nightmares, as wastelands of concrete and garbage and diesel fumes and traffic jams. Yet residents of compact urban centers, Owen shows, individually consume less oil, electricity, and water than other Americans. They live in smaller spaces, discard less trash, and, most important of all, spend far less time in automobiles. Residents of Manhattan—the most densely populated place in North America—rank first in public-transit use and last in percapita greenhouse-gas production, and they consume gasoline at a rate that the country as a whole hasn’t matched since the mid-1920s, when the most widely owned car in the United States was the Ford Model T. They are also among the only people in the United States for whom walking is still an important means of daily transportation. These achievements are not accidents. Spreading people thinly across the countryside may make them feel green, but it doesn’t reduce the damage they do to the environment. In fact, it increases the damage, while also making the problems they cause harder to see and to address. Owen contends that the environmental problem we face, at the current stage of our assault on the world’s nonrenewable resources, is not how to make teeming cities more like the pristine countryside. The problem is how to make other settled places more like Manhattan, whose residents presently come closer than any other Americans to meeting environmental goals that all of us, eventually, will have to come to terms with. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Johannes Renes
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Release Date: 2015-05-08
Genre: Social Science
'Landscape Biographies' explores the long and complex histories of landscapes from personal and social perspectives. As an essential part of human life-worlds, landscapes have the potential to absorb something of people's lives, works, and thoughts. But landscapes also shape their own life-histories at different timescales, transcending human life-cycles and generating their own temporalities and rhythms. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the co-scripting of landscapes and people figures prominently in the (auto-)biographical works of writers and attracts the interest of geographers, archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists. This has even resulted in a new genre in landscape research, rapidly gaining in popularity, under the heading of 'landscape biography'. In 'Landscape Biographies', twenty geographers, archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists investigate the diverse ways in which landscapes and monuments have been constructed, transmitted, and transformed from prehistory up to the present, from Manhattan to Shanghai, from Iceland to Portugal, and from England to Estonia. Among the authors are distinguished scholars like Gísli Pálsson, Cornelius Holtorf, Joshua Pollard, and Mark Gillings.
Author: Catherine McNeur
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Release Date: 2014-11-03
From 1815 to 1865, as city blocks encroached on farmland to accommodate Manhattan’s exploding population, prosperous New Yorkers developed new ideas about what an urban environment should contain—ideas that poorer immigrants resisted. As Catherine McNeur shows, taming Manhattan came at the cost of amplifying environmental and economic disparities.
Author: Eric W. Sanderson
Publisher: Island Press
Release Date: 2016-11-17
Given the realities of climate change and sea-level rise, coastal cities around the world are struggling with questions of resilience. Resilience, at its core, is about desirable states of the urban social-ecological system and understanding how to sustain those states in an uncertain and tumultuous future. How do physical conditions, ecological processes, social objectives, human politics, and history shape the prospects for resilience? Most books set out "the answer.” This book sets out a process of grappling with holistic resilience from multiple perspectives, drawing on the insights and experiences of more than fifty scholars and practitioners working together to make Jamaica Bay in New York City an example for the world. Prospects for Resilience establishes a framework for understanding resilience practice in urban watersheds. Using Jamaica Bay—the largest contiguous natural area in New York, home to millions of New Yorkers, and a hub of global air travel with John F. Kennedy International Airport—the authors demonstrate how various components of social-ecological systems interact, ranging from climatic factors to plant populations to human demographics. They also highlight essential tools for creating resilient watersheds, including monitoring and identifying system indicators; computer modeling; green infrastructure; and decision science methods. Finally, they look at the role and importance of a "boundary organization” like the new Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay in coordinating and facilitating resilience work, and consider significant research questions and prospects for the future of urban watersheds. Prospects for Resiliencesets forth an essential foundation of information and advice for researchers, urban planners, students and others who need to create more resilient cities that work with, not against, nature.
Author: Francesco Bandarin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2012-01-12
This book offers a comprehensive overview of the intellectual developments in urban conservation. The authors offer unique insights from UNESCO's World Heritage Centre and the book is richly illustrated with colour photographs. Examples are drawn from urban heritage sites worldwide from Timbuktu to Liverpool to demonstrate key issues and best practice in urban conservation today. The book offers an invaluable resource for architects, planners, surveyors and engineers worldwide working in heritage conservation, as well as for local authority conservation officers and managers of heritage sites.
Die US-Schriftstellerin Kate Christensen zählt spätestens seit ihrem Roman "Feldmans Frauen" zu den großen Stimmen der amerikanischen Literatur. Für "Feldmans Frauen" erhielt sie den Pen/Faulkner Award, und die Brigitte urteilte: “Das beste Buch des Jahres.” Auch für ihren neuen Roman "Das Ehespiel" wählt Kate Christensen ihre Heimat New York als Setting. Lustvoll, scharfzüngig und anrührend führt sie uns die tragischen, absurden und komischen Spielarten der Ehe vor: Der Dichter Harry ist seit dreißig Jahren mit Luz verheiratet. Sie haben zwei erwachsene Kinder, einen großen Freundeskreis und lieben ihr Brooklyner Apartment. Als Luz eines Tages in Harrys Notizen blättert und auf Gedichte über eine andere Frau stößt, ist sie davon überzeugt, dass er sie betrügt. Obwohl Harry unschuldig ist, wirft sie ihn aus der Wohnung und dem gemeinsamen Leben. Harry ist fassungslos. Er versucht, zu Luz durchzudringen, doch schnell beschleicht ihn das surreale Gefühl, dass sie sich trotz dreißig gemeinsamer Ehejahre völlig fremd sind. "Ein mit Geschick entworfenes Portrait einer modernen New Yorker Ehe." Norddeutsche Neuste Nachrichten "Eine herrliche Gesellschafts-Satire." People
Eine Hommage an zwei Weltstädte Als der Autor sein Online-Reisejournal »Paris versus New York« startete, hatte er keine Ahnung, dass die Seite bald zur viel bestaunten Attraktion werden sollte, mit mehr als 1,5 Millionen Zugriffen in wenigen Monaten, hoch geschätzt von klugen Kritikern. Aus diesem Erfolg erwuchs die Idee zu diesem hinreißenden Buch. Einzigartige und feine Beobachtungen werden in klare Linien gefasst, präzise Porträts der beiden Städte in ihren Eigenarten entstehen. Jede Doppelseite ist zugleich aufregende Entdeckung und Begegnung mit vertrauten Details beider Städte.