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Preserving the World's Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal of the… (utgåvan 2002)

av Anthony Max Tung

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Both epic and intimate, this is the story of the fight to save the world’s architectural and cultural heritage as it is embodied in the extraordinary buildings and urban spaces of the great cities of Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Never before have the complexities and dramas of urban preservation been as keenly documented as inPreserving the World’s Great Cities. In researching this important work, Anthony Tung traveled throughout the world to visit remarkable buildings and districts in China, Italy, Greece, the U.S., Japan, and elsewhere. Everywhere he found both the devastating legacy of war, economics, and indifference and the accomplishments of people who have worked and sometimes risked their lives to preserve and renew the most meaningful urban expressions of the human spirit. From Singapore’s blind rush to become the most modern city of the East to Warsaw’s poignant and heroic effort to resurrect itself from the Nazis’ systematic campaign of physical and cultural obliteration, from New York and Rome to Kyoto and Cairo, we see the city as an expression of the best and worst within us. This is essential reading for fans of Jane Jacobs and Witold Rybczynski and everyone who is concerned about urban preservation.… (mer)
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Titel:Preserving the World's Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis
Författare:Anthony Max Tung
Info:Three Rivers Press (2002), Paperback, 480 pages
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When I first showed this book to my Dad, he asked if Delhi or Lahore were covered in the book. Surprised, I promptly went through the index to find they weren't. My Dad expressed his surprise which is when I started reading the book, a few weeks ago. In between reading about history of Bombay as the premier British colonial administrative city, I was constantly looking for comparison between any other cities mentioned in this book. Sure enough, architecture and heritage preservation of cities don't just exist without their cultural and social histories.

This is a great resource book. I immensely loved reading the historical and anthropological details. I could sense the painstaking research done by the author. Here in India, we don't have such a book that documents conservation of our ancient cities. I am inspired and wish to write one now after reading Mr. Tung's massive documentation. ( )
  Sharayu_Gangurde | Jan 19, 2017 |
This book includes an immense about of information on several relevent topics, such as the economic, environmental, historical, and architectural concerns involved in preserving the buildings and characters of cities all over the world. The passages on how the people of Warsaw relearned old crafts to so exactly reconstruct their home after the destruction of World War II was particularly fascinating. I only wish that it could have covered more places (especialy Prague) and that it could have had contained more illustrations. ( )
  MHelm1017 | Sep 13, 2009 |
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Both epic and intimate, this is the story of the fight to save the world’s architectural and cultural heritage as it is embodied in the extraordinary buildings and urban spaces of the great cities of Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Never before have the complexities and dramas of urban preservation been as keenly documented as inPreserving the World’s Great Cities. In researching this important work, Anthony Tung traveled throughout the world to visit remarkable buildings and districts in China, Italy, Greece, the U.S., Japan, and elsewhere. Everywhere he found both the devastating legacy of war, economics, and indifference and the accomplishments of people who have worked and sometimes risked their lives to preserve and renew the most meaningful urban expressions of the human spirit. From Singapore’s blind rush to become the most modern city of the East to Warsaw’s poignant and heroic effort to resurrect itself from the Nazis’ systematic campaign of physical and cultural obliteration, from New York and Rome to Kyoto and Cairo, we see the city as an expression of the best and worst within us. This is essential reading for fans of Jane Jacobs and Witold Rybczynski and everyone who is concerned about urban preservation.

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