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Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City, by Eric Sanderson; illustrated by Markley Boyer. New York: Abrams, 2009. 352 pp. $40 Sanderson’s ecological history of New York, wonderfully enriched by Boyer’s visualizations, combines the findings of a 10-year research project, a narrative history of the city’s physical development, and a hopeful forecast of the city’s physical future. Mannahatta recreates the city and its ecosystem prior to Henry Hudson’s arrival in 1609, and charts the impact of the human footprint since then. New York’s ecological structure and the evolution of its physical form have been closely intertwined. While human influence has been enormous, the diversity of nature has not been diminished. This is a rare and magical book that eludes easy categorization. But it bridges many disciplines (ecology, geology, history, economics, and construction) and many eons as well.
Click Here: Citiscope.org
Citiscope.org launched with the World Urban Campaign and UNHABITAT at the 2010 World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro. The website aims “to cover the area of cities’ cutting-edge efforts – all-too-often neglected in today’s normal newspaper, broadcast, Internet news coverage,” according to Editor-in-Chief Neal Peirce. Articles feature innovative approaches to improving cities, unusual processes and partnerships, and people who are leading the initiatives.
Noted But Not Reviewed Still in a beta phase at the time of this report, the website brings Architecture Under Construction, by Stanley Greenberg; foreword by Joseph Rosa. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2010. 120 pp. $45 These revealing, spare, and elegant but gritty black-and-white photographs of buildings under construction represent the idyllic progress photos architects fantasize about. together international thought leaders to discuss urban planning. Reporters contribute stories on local breakthroughs that may serve as models for other cities. Comments, related links, and an “Expert Viewpoints” column accompany every article. The layout opens each issue to discussion. In “Singapore’s Transportation Secrets,” for example, Christopher Tan, a senior correspondent with The Straits Times newspaper in Singapore, posits that the reason the city has little congestion despite its 11 million commuters is due to early planning and “massive investment across many modes of transport.” In response, Thomas Downs, chairman of the North American Board of Veolia Transportation and former NJ Commissioner of Transportation, comments, “Perhaps we can use Singapore’s experience to spur us on to overcome the political stagGarden Guide: New York City (Revised Edition), by Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry. New York: W. W. Norton, 2010. 424 pp. $22.95 A guide to 100 public gardens in the five boroughs, updated from the 2002 edition. By Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP nation that has kept us from solving these problems…” As Citiscope grows, the website will be key to keeping a finger on the pulse of new developments in cities globally.
L.A. Under the Influence: The Hidden Logic of Urban Property, R.E. Somol. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. 240 pp. $34.95 The use of game theory to understand how competing public and private interests shape the urban landscape. OCULUS WINTER 10/11 43 by Roger Sherman; foreword by
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Winter 2010/2011
Oculus - Winter 2010/2011
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
So Says...Craig Dykers, AIA, LEED AP
How Cities Learn from Each Other
Why Isn’t Architecture a U.S. Export Priority?
When Small Firms Venture Abroad
Division of Labor
Out of Africa
Thinking Globally, Acting Humbly
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Winter 2010/2011