BOOK Brent D. Ryan, Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

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Brent D. Ryan, Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14995.html

Almost fifty years ago, America’s industrial cities – Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore, and others – began shedding people and jobs. Today they are littered with tens of thousands of abandoned houses, shuttered
factories, and vacant lots. With population and housing losses continuing since the 2007 financial crisis, the future of neighborhoods in these places is precarious. How we will rebuild shrinking cities and what urban design vision will guide their future remain contentious and unknown.

In _Design After Decline_, Brent D. Ryan reveals the fraught and intermittently successful efforts of architects, planners, and city officials to rebuild shrinking cities following mid-century urban renewal. With modern architecture in disrepute, federal funds scarce, and architects and planners disengaged, politicians and developers were left to pick up the pieces. In twin narratives, Ryan describes how America’s two largest
shrinking cities, Detroit and Philadelphia, faced the challenge of design after decline in dramatically different ways. While Detroit allowed developers to carve up the cityscape into suburban enclaves, Philadelphia
brought back 1960s-style land condemnation for benevolent social purposes. Both Detroit and Philadelphia “succeeded” in rebuilding but at the cost of innovative urban design and planning.
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BOOK Christoph Brumann and Evelyn Schulz (Eds.), Urban Spaces in Japan: Cultural and Social Perspectives, London: Routledge, 2012.

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Christoph Brumann and Evelyn Schulz (Eds.), _Urban Spaces in Japan:
Cultural and Social Perspectives_, London: Routledge, 2012.
http://www.routledge.com/books/detail/9780415695459

This volume explores the workings of power, money and the public interest in the planning and design of Japanese space. Through a set of vivid case studies of well-known Japanese cities including Tokyo, Kobe, and Kyoto, this book examines the potential of civil society in contemporary planning debates. Further, it addresses the implications of Japan’s biggest social problem – the demographic decline – for Japanese cities, and demonstrates the serious challenges and exciting possibilities that result from the impending end of Japan’s urban growth.
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REVIEW: Fabienne Chevallier “Le Paris moderne: Histoire des politiques d’hygiène, 1855-1898”

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Fabienne Chevallier. _Le Paris moderne: Histoire des politiques d’hygiène, 1855-1898_. Rennes Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2010. Illustrations. 410 pp. EUR 22.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-2-7535-1023-4.

Reviewed by Peter S. Soppelsa (University of Oklahoma)
Published on H-Urban (February, 2012)
Commissioned by Alexander Vari

Hygiene and the Modernization of Paris
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REVIEW: Susan Gilson Miller, Mauro Bertagnin, eds. “The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City”

Susan Gilson Miller, Mauro Bertagnin, eds. _The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City_. Aga Khan Program Book Series. Cambridge Harvard University Press, 2010. Illustrations. 227 pp. $24.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-934510-06-3.

Reviewed by Craig Larkin (Department of Politics)
Published on H-Urban (February, 2012)
Commissioned by Colette Apelian

A Cosmopolitanism Reimagined
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CALLL FOR BOOK REVIEW: Journal “Planning Perspectives”

As book review editor-in-chief for the journal _Planning Perspectives_
I am looking for reviewers for the following books:

Friedman, Avi, _Town and Terraced Housing_ (Routledge, 2012)
Hardy, Dennis, _From New Towns to Green Politics Campaigning for Town
and Country Planning, 1946-1990_ (re-edition, Taylor and Francis, 2011)
Abbott, John, _Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban Development
in Africa_ (Earthscan 2011)
Redwood, Mark, ed., _Agriculture in Urban Planning – Generating
Livelihoods and Food Security_ (Earthscan, 2011), cases from Ghana,
Kenya, Zimbabwe, Peru and other places.
Colomb, Claire, _Staging the New Berlin_ (Routledge 2011)

Approximately 800 words, deadline will be 10 March 2012.

If you are interested, please drop me a line (f.urban@gsa.ac.uk).
Please include some information on your field/specialization.

Florian Urban
Professor and Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies
Mackintosh School of Architecture
Glasgow School of Art

CfA BOOK: Walking in the City: Quotidian Mobility and Ethnographic Method

Walking in the City: Quotidian Mobility and Ethnographic Method

Edited by Timothy Shortell, Ph.D., and Evrick Brown, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, Brooklyn College CUNY
Deadline: 1 April, 2012

Local politicians, protesters, busy commuters, tourists, flaneurs, urban ethnographers. These social actors and many more work the city streets as an essential part of their quotidian routines. Everyday mobility on the streets and public spaces of urban neighborhoods is such an ubiquitous part of urban life and culture that it is often overlooked. Though sociologists have long noted that dynamism is an essential part of the urban way of life, walking as a significant social activity and crucial research method has not received the scholarly attention it deserves. This volume will consider walking in the city from a variety of perspectives, in a variety of places, with a variety of methods. Contributors will address the nature of quotidian mobility in contemporary global cities, how it relates to other significant social institutions and practices, as well as a method for studying urban life.
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