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Provisional Cities : Cautionary Tales for the Anthropocene.

Author: Renata Tyszczuk
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Series: Ashgate Studies in Architecture
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"This book considers the provisional nature of cities in relation to the Anthropocene - the proposed geological epoch of human-induced changes to the Earth system. It charts an environmental history of curfews, admonitions and alarms about dwelling on Earth. 'Provisional cities' are explored as exemplary sites for thinking about living in this unsettled time. Each chapter focuses on cities, settlements or proxy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Renata Tyszczuk
ISBN: 9781315602769 1315602768
OCLC Number: 1005697515
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF.
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Half Title""; ""Series Information""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Dedication""; ""Table of contents""; ""Prologue""; "" Introduction: Provisional cities ""; ""Holocene disruptions""; ""Planet of cities in planetary crisis""; ""Anthropoceneries""; ""Fear and trembling""; ""The Anthropocene and other tales""; ""A thousand and one cautionary tales""; ""Anthropocene unsettlements""; ""Cautionary tales for the time-being""; ""Notes""; ""1 Fossil traces""; ""Anthropocene unconformities""; ""Missing time""; ""Our world has ended""; ""The collision of histories"" ""Anticipatory geology""""Urban stratum""; ""The story in the rocks""; ""Notes""; ""2 Disaster zone""; ""Lisbon swallowed up""; ""Aftermath and aftershocks""; ""The best of all possible worlds""; ""The Earth trembles""; ""Dis-astered""; ""Living in an earthquake""; ""Notes""; ""3 Proving ground""; ""Test cities""; ""Doom town""; ""Doomsday scenarios""; ""Plowshares""; ""Silent spring and nuclear winter""; ""Inadvertent intrusion""; ""No apocalypse""; ""Notes""; ""4 Proxy world""; ""Terra incognita""; ""Ship shape""; ""Ice ages""; ""I.G.Y. (what a beautiful world)""; ""Ice core"" ""Ozone hole""""Peaceful purposes""; ""Notes""; ""5 Bounded planet""; ""Astronautics""; ""Spaceship Earth""; ""Goodbye Earth!""; ""Biosphere 2""; ""Planetary boundaries""; ""Forward base""; ""The Earth ark""; ""Notes""; ""6 Monster Earth""; ""Deliberate planet""; ""Frankenstein world""; ""Optimising climate""; ""Under the dome""; ""The Crutzen project""; ""Fixing the Earth""; ""Terraforming""; ""Notes""; ""7 Temporary home""; ""Habitat""; ""Planetary crisis of agency""; ""Planetary state of exception""; ""Makeshift city""; ""Hospitality""; ""Cosmopolis""; ""Hotel for humanity""; ""Notes"" "" Epilogue: Precautionary tales """"Doomsday vault""; ""Precautionary principle""; ""Precaution as experimentation""; ""Telling tales""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""List of illustrations""; ""Acknowledgements""
Series Title: Ashgate Studies in Architecture

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"This book considers the provisional nature of cities in relation to the Anthropocene - the proposed geological epoch of human-induced changes to the Earth system. It charts an environmental history of curfews, admonitions and alarms about dwelling on Earth. 'Provisional cities' are explored as exemplary sites for thinking about living in this unsettled time. Each chapter focuses on cities, settlements or proxy urbanisations, including past disaster zones, remote outposts in the present and future urban fossils. The book explores the dynamic, changing and contradictory relationship between architecture and the global environmental crisis and looks at how to re-position architectural and urban practice in relation to wider intellectual, environmental, political and cultural shifts. The book argues that these rounder and richer accounts can better equip humanity to think through questions of vulnerability, responsibility and opportunity that are presented by immense processes of planetary change. These are cautionary tales for the Anthropocene. Central to this project is the proposition that living with uncertainty requires that architecture is reframed as a provisional practice. This book would be beneficial to students and academics working in architecture, geography, planning and environmental humanities as well as professionals working to shape the future of cities."--Provided by publisher.

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