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Sensing the 21st Century City: The Net City Close-up and Remote

ISBN: 978-0-470-02418-8
128 pages
December 2005
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Will cities exist in the next century? Or will everywhere be urban? Contemporary communication and transportation networks allow for greater urban dispersal, yet cities continue to centralise great densities of activities and innovations. What form will the 21st century city take? And what role will architects and urban designers take in shaping the future form of the city? The sensing of the city -- remotely and up close -- addresses an immense variety of issues, relating to the problems and complexities of contemporary and future urban design.
  • Pulls together work by architects and urban designers at the forefront in their utilisation of remote sensing and telecommunications tools.
  • Provides concise and accessible information on new scientific theories and technologies for a general architecture and urban design professional and student readership
  • Features spectacular satellite and night-time light imagery
  • Includes critical discussion on the politics of mass media and urban morphogenesis -- who will be the actors in shaping and designing the future of cities?
  • It will have an interdisciplinary appeal - of interest to a wider audience of urban studies and future studies in general.
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Table of Contents

Editorial Helen Castle.

Introduction Brian McGrath & Grahame Shane.

Centrally Located/Worldwide: Johannesburg Emmanuel Pratt.

Korean Cyber-Bangs: Seoul Rodrigo Guardia.

Million-Dollar Blocks: Wichita, Kansas Laura Kurgan & Eric Cadora.

Intense Multiplicity: Bangkok Mark Isarangkun na Ayuthaya.

Urban Remote Sensing: Global Comparisons Christopher Small.

Before Satellites: Favelas as Self-Organising Systems: Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Elizabeth Blum & Peter Neitzke.

Urban Field Guide, Baltimore, Maryland: Applying Social Forestry Observation Techniques to the East Coast Megalopolis Erika Svendsen, Victoria Marshall & Manolo F Ufer.

Beyond Great Walls: Inner Mongolia Jan Leeknegt.

Surfactant Systems: A Survey of the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline from Houston to New Jersey Petia Morozov.

Technopoles & Biotopes: Upstate New York Alessandro Cimini & Ignacio Lamar.

Urban Simulacra: London Michael Batty & Andrew Hudson-Smith.

Info-Forum-The Dreaming Wall: Milan Antonio Scarponi.

The 21st-Century Welfare City: Aalborg & Copenhagen, Denmark Hans Kiib & Gitte Marling.

City of Wilderness - Rethinking the European Citta Diffusa: French/Belgian Border Els Verbakel & Elie Derman.

Squatting Geometries - Guerilla Barcelona Jose Luis Echeverria Manau.

With Satellites: Dubai & India Keller Easterling.

Shrines & Satellites: Doshi's Aranya District, Indore Krystina Kaza.

Cochin, India: Notes from a Nerve of the World May Joseph.

Circling Around the Multi-National City: Sillicon Valley, New York & New Delhi Kadambari Baxi.

National Security Sprawl: Washington DC Deborah Natsios.

The Ecology of the Artificial - Parkways, GPS & the Internet: Washington DC Eugina Vidal.

Just-in-Time Planning: New York & Houston Michael Kwartler.

The Future of Long Island: New York Michele Bertomen.

Interior Eye: The Boutique Apartment Craig Kellogg.

Building Profile: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2005 Jeremy Melvin.

Home Run: Albion Wharf Stephen Archer.

Practice Profile: Piercy Connor Lucy Bullivant.

McLean's Nuggets: Will McLean.

Site Lines: The Peace Hotel Edward Denison.

Book Review: The Book That Would Be a City Colin Fournier.

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Author Information

Brian McGrath is an architect and co-founder of urban-interface, a collaborative group exploring the relation between multimedia and urban design. His project Manhattan Timeformations (2000) has received many awards from international arts, architecture and science organizations. He teaches at Columbia and New School Universities, New York and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

Grahame Shane trained as an architect at the AA School in London in the 1960s and completed an M. Arch in Urban Design and a PhD in Architectural and Urban History at Cornell University in the early 1970s. Since 1985, he has taught at Columbia, where in the 1990s he was part of a team that reformulated the Urban Design approach of the university. In April 2004, John Wiley are publishing his book, Recombinant Urbanism; Conceptual Modelling in Architecture, Urban Design and City Design.

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