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Preserving the world's great cities : the destruction and renewal of the historic metropolis

Author: Anthony M Tung
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, ©2001.
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"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." "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
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Tung, Anthony M.
Preserving the world's great cities.
New York : Clarkson Potter, ©2001
(OCoLC)606613474
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony M Tung
ISBN: 0517701480 9780517701485
OCLC Number: 45917168
Description: 469 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The century of destruction --
The city that devoured its glory : imperial and Renaissance Rome --
The city that rewrote its past : Fascist and modern Rome --
The heritage of war : Warsaw --
The tragedy of the megacity : Cairo --
Ideological conflict with the past : Moscow and Beijing --
Preservation and economic justice : Singapore --
Preservation and social conscience : Amsterdam and Vienna --
The city of the gods besieged : Athens --
The comprehensible urban visage : London and Paris --
Tourism versus the habitable city : Venice --
Politics and preservation in the modern metropolis : New York --
Reversing the culture of destruction : Kyoto --
The city redeemed : Berlin, Moscow, New York, and Mexico City --
The city as a living museum : Charleston and Jerusalem.
Responsibility: Anthony M. Tung.
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"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." "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."--Jacket.

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