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Close-Up: How to Read the American City

Close Up How to Read the American City Grady Clay looks hard at the landscape finding out who built what and why noticing who participates in a city s success and who gets left in a sink or depressed often literally area Clay doesn t st

  • Title: Close-Up: How to Read the American City
  • Author: Grady Clay
  • ISBN: 9780226109459
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Grady Clay looks hard at the landscape, finding out who built what and why, noticing who participates in a city s success and who gets left in a sink, or depressed often literally area Clay doesn t stay in the city he looks at industrial towns, truck stops, suburbs nearly anywhere people live or work His style is witty and readable, and the book is crammed with ill Grady Clay looks hard at the landscape, finding out who built what and why, noticing who participates in a city s success and who gets left in a sink, or depressed often literally area Clay doesn t stay in the city he looks at industrial towns, truck stops, suburbs nearly anywhere people live or work His style is witty and readable, and the book is crammed with illustrations that clarify his points If I had to pick up one book to guide my observations of the American scene, this would be it Sonia Simone, Whole Earth Review The emphasis on the informal aspects of city shaping topographical, historical, economic and social does much to counteract the formalist approach to American urban design Close Upould be required reading for anyone wishing to understand Americans and their cities Roger Cunliffe, Architectural Review Close Up is a provocative and stimulating book Thomas J Schlereth, Winterthur Portfolio Within this coherent string of essays, the urban dweller or observer, as well as the student, will find refreshing strategies for viewing the environmental situations interacting to form a landscape Dallas Morning News Clay s Close Up, first published in 1973, is still a key book for looking at the real American city Too many urban books and guidebooks concentrate on the good parts of the city.Clay looks at all parts of the city, the suburbs, and the places between cities, and develops new terms to describe parts of the built environment fronts, strips, beats, stacks, sinks, and turf No one who wants to understand American cities or to describe them, should fail to know this book The illustrations are of special interest to the guidebook writer American Urban Guidenotes

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    1 thought on “Close-Up: How to Read the American City

    1. A required book for my historical geography class in college. Still fascinating because of the documentation of cities at that time (check out the pictures of Atlanta, so different!).

    2. Fairly good, but somehow not as satisfying as I'd hoped. I think its main value to me is as a historical view of the city, as it's now approaching fifty years old

    3. I'd give this book 4 stars but it is terribly outdated, so I'm knocking off a star so as not to encourage people. really. this needs at least 20 years worth of updating! It does give the basics of urban planning principles. Its an easy read. It also has some wonderful maps. otherwise it is like watching the old Disney driving videos. Even kids who aren't all that aware of what the rules of the road are, can tell that the driving rules in those cartoons are out of date enough said. now some profe [...]

    4. Even if this book was available as an audio book, read it in print form. The illustrations and maps really drive home the planning techniques used across cities in the US that Clay explains. If you enjoy learning by visuals, you'll especially like this text on how to look at American cities. Clay backs his writing with numerous sources which are cataloged in the Notes in back.

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