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Researching the City

Researching the City

A Guide for Students

  • Author: Kevin Ward
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1446296075
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 184
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‘Extends a warm welcome to students who have come face-to-face with the daunting task of producing a dissertation. Written in an accessible and engaging style, it deals with the nitty-gritty of researching the city... a must-have for the student!’ - Kim England, University of Washington ‘An invaluable guide to urban research design for undergraduate and graduate students alike. It provides the novice researcher with a wealth of practical advice on theory, methods, writing style, and everything else one needs to know to design and manage a successful urban research project. I wish this book had been available when I started my research career!' - Byron Miller, University of Calgary ‘Replete with tremendously useful advice and guidance for students of all social-science disciplines undertaking significant research projects on urban issues... students writing undergraduate and master’s theses, or even doctoral dissertations, are likely to find it tremendously useful as well.’ - David L. Imbroscio, University of Louisville This practical guide for students focuses on the city and on the different ways to research it. The authors explains how research is done, from the original idea to design and implementation, through to writing up and representation. Substantive chapters explain each method in detail, from using archival methods, interviews, ethnography, questionnaires, discourse analysis and diaries, to using GIS and visual methods. With real world examples throughout and guided further reading for each chapter, it is an inspiring guide for students carrying out their own research in urban geography, urban planning, urban studies and urban sociology courses.

Researching the Contemporary City.

Researching the Contemporary City.

Identity, environment and social inclusion in urban areas

  • Author: Peter Kellett,Jaime Hernández-García,Mona Abdelwahab,Tamer Abdelfattah Ahmed,Antika Sawadsri,Musyimi Mbathi,Rittirong Chutapruttikorn,Mauricio Hernández-Bonilla,Brenda Galván-López,Muhammad Faqih,Agam Marsoyo
  • Publisher: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • ISBN: 9587166345
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 253
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The city is perhaps the most complex of all human constructs. In the 21st century when cities are bigger than ever, and the majority of the world’s population now live in urban areas, the need for research into this complexity to address the large scale challenges of urban life has never been greater. This collection of research studies from different parts of the world, brings together case studies, underpinned by theory, to contribute to the urgent search to make our cities more just, more livable, more accessible, more participatory and more democratic: in short, more humane places to live and work. These cross-cutting themes of social inclusion, spatial integration and poverty alleviation are the ever present motifs and motivations throughout this volume. The eleven chapters are grouped into four interrelated sections: the creation and representation of the urban; the production and transformation of the informal; the construction and appropriation of public spaces; and finally, the transformation, use and meaning of home. Collectively the essays engage with the city at a range of scales, but underpinning all of them is a concern for the everyday realities of ordinary people’s lives. These detailed and fine-grain analyses of complex processes are a modest contribution towards the creation of cities which are not simply more economically viable and environmentally sustainable, but also embody the ideals of social justice.

The Electronic City

The Electronic City

  • Author: Ulrike Bucher,Maroš Finka
  • Publisher: BWV Verlag
  • ISBN: 3830526784
  • Category: City and town life
  • Page: 262
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The topic The Electronic City refers to the introduction and the consequences of the new information and communication technologies for urban life. In which way can E-Europe for all be realised? How can the digital divide be overcome? What are the consequences for the socially disfavoured groups and how can they participate in the E-City? Is human behaviour different in virtual space? These are the questions which are part of many discourses on this topic and which are addressed in this book.aReiheFuture Urban Research in Europe - Band 1"

Anthropology in the City

Anthropology in the City

Methodology and Theory

  • Author: Dr Giuliana B Prato,Dr Italo Pardo
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1409461181
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 242
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With half of humanity already living in towns and cities and that proportion expected to increase in the coming decades, society - both Western and non-Western - is fast becoming urban and even mega-urban. As such, research in urban settings is evidently timely and of great importance. Anthropology in the City brings together a leading team of anthropologists to address the complex methodological and theoretical challenges posed by field-research in urban settings, clearly identifying the significance of the anthropological paradigm in urban research and its centrality both to mainstream academic debates and to society more broadly. With essays from experts on wide-ranging ethnographic research from fields as diverse as China, Europe, India, Latin and North America and South East Asia, this book demonstrates the contribution that empirically-based anthropological analysis can make to our understanding of our increasingly urban world.

Unsettling the City

Unsettling the City

Urban Land and the Politics of Property

  • Author: Nicholas Blomley
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135954194
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 256
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Short and accessible, this book interweaves a discussion of the geography of property in one global city, Vancouver, with a more general analysis of property, politics, and the city.

The Making of a Chinese City

The Making of a Chinese City

History and Historiography in Harbin

  • Author: Søren Clausen,Stig Thøgersen
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
  • ISBN: 9781563244766
  • Category: History
  • Page: 236
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The history of Harbin, ruled by the Russians, by an international coalition of allied powers, by Chinese warlords, by the Soviet Union and finally by the Chinese Communists - all in the course of 100 years - is presented here as an example of Chinese local-history writing.

The Evolving Arab City

The Evolving Arab City

Tradition, Modernity and Urban Development

  • Author: Yasser Elsheshtawy
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134128207
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 328
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Today cities of the Arab world are subject to many of the same problems as other world cities, yet too often they are ignored in studies of urbanisation. This collection reveals the contrasts and similarities between older, traditional Arab cities and the newer oil-stimulated cities of the Gulf in their search for development and a place in the world order. The eight cities which form the core of the book – Rabat, Amman, Beirut, Kuwait, Manama, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh – provide a unique insight into today’s Middle Eastern city. Winner of The International Planning History Society (IPHS) Book Prize.

Reaching Beyond the Gold

Reaching Beyond the Gold

The Impact of Global Events on Urban Development

  • Author: Tim van Vrijaldenhoven
  • Publisher: 010 Publishers
  • ISBN: 9064506140
  • Category: Architecture and globalization
  • Page: 222
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Reaching Beyond the Gold assesses the influence of global events on urban developments. Six cities - Genoa, Barcelona, Athens, Bilbao, Shanghai and London - have been chosen as case studies. These have all recently hosted a global event or will do so in the near future. After an introduction of the characteristics and impact of global events in general the history of each city is sketched and the political and urban implications of the events are examined. Three key aspects - organisation, management and city marketing - are dwelt on at length. Over forty facets including site size, visitor attendance figures, investments, populations, stakeholders, aims and methods, are then compared. A timeline, pictograms and drawings together with clear definitions of the different categories of events are used to give the best possible conditions in which to compare and analyse the events in question. Reaching Beyond the Gold analyses the successes and the failures of host cities in the past. The conclusions it draws can put an end to the structural errors still being made when organizing large-scale events.

Understanding Urban Tourism

Understanding Urban Tourism

Image, Culture and Experience

  • Author: Martin Selby
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 9781860648014
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 228
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This is the first book to take the major debates and ideas current in the social sciences and apply them to urban tourism.

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

  • Author: Elisabete A. Silva,Patsy Healey,Neil Harris,Pieter Van den Broeck
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317917030
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 530
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The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods is an expansive look at the traditions, methods, and challenges of research design and research projects in contemporary urban planning. Through case studies, an international group of researchers, planning practitioners, and planning academics and educators, all recognized authorities in the field, provide accounts of designing and implementing research projects from different approaches and venues. This book shows how to apply quantitative and qualitative methods to projects, and how to take your research from the classroom to the real world. The book is structured into sections focusing on Beginning planning research Research design and development Rediscovering qualitative methods New advances in quantitative methods Turning research into action With chapters written by leading scholars in spatial planning, The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods is the most authoritative and comprehensive handbook on the topic, providing both established and ground breaking coverage of spatial planning research methods. The book is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduate level students, young professionals and practitioners in urban, regional, and spatial planning.

Murals : the Great Walls of Joliet

Murals : the Great Walls of Joliet

  • Author: Jeff Huebner
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • ISBN: 0252069579
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 132
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Since 1991 the city of Joliet, Illinois, has commissioned painters for a series of public murals. Free to use their own styles and follow their particular visions, the artists gave Joliet a diverse and dramatic body of public art that is also a statement of civic pride and a revival of a venerable midwestern tradition.Arrayed with color plates of the murals and accompanied by biographical sketches of the artists, this impressive volume documents the rich ethnic, racial, and cultural heritage that informs the art. An old industrial city thirty-five miles south of Chicago, Joliet has a mixed ethnic population. The murals of Joliet reflect this diversity, featuring the experiences of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Italian Americans, German and Irish immigrants, and the city's Slovenian community. Bold, colorful pieces acknowledge industrial and natural resources, including the Illinois and Michigan Canal, the Des Plaines River, the region's limestone quarries, and the Sauk trail. They pay tribute to the area's farmers as well as to individuals such as labor leader Samuel Gompers and the dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist Katherine Dunham.Above all,Murals: The Great Walls of Jolietdocuments the profound transformation in the local mentality wrought by the development of public art in the city. Underwritten by a community group, Friends of Community Public Art, the Joliet murals project stands as a model for modern municipal patronage, evidence of a population's decision to invest in public art to enrich its environment and express the ideals of the whole community.

Brand-Driven City Building and the Virtualizing of Space

Brand-Driven City Building and the Virtualizing of Space

  • Author: Alexander Gutzmer
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135072574
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 174
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This book is an investigation of the cultural phenomenon of branding and its transformational effects on the contemporary spatial – and urban – reality. It develops a novel understanding of the rationale behind the construction of large-scale architectural complexes that relate to corporate brands, and of its tremendous cultural effects. The author suggests that what we see today is the creation of "global mass ornaments", of a thorough ornamentalization of the entire globe. The origins of this are discussed with regard to examples of corporate brand-building from Europe and China (Autostadt Wolfsburg, BMW Welt Munich and Anting New Town). Additional cases are several simulated spaces in Berlin and the space-branding activities of companies like Apple or Prada. Theoretically, the author develops an innovative poststructuralist framework, combining ideas from Gilles Deleuze with the space philosophy of Peter Sloterdijk. He analyzes how the corporate redefinition of space makes the city enter into a mode of virtual urbanity. This idea leads to a notion of a "global urban" and, ultimately, the "global mass ornament". This concept of a global mass ornament is developed here with reference to Sloterdijk’s concept of a world of "spheres". The latter is used to understand the new mode of spatiality of mediatized spaces. The book makes the point that our world is involved in a process of mass ornamentalization that has only just begun. The concept of the global mass ornament is the first to come to grips with a culture in which branding is effectively changing the physiognomy of the earth. The global mass ornament is a banner for a cultural transformation that employs architecture, sign theory and mechanisms borrowed from traditional advertising and from social media, as well as social processes – and that we have yet to properly understand. This book is a significant step forward in this respect.

Cartographies of Place

Cartographies of Place

Navigating the Urban

  • Author: Michael Darroch,Janine Marchessault
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • ISBN: 0773590390
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 320
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Media are incorporated into our physical environments more dramatically than ever before - literally opening up new spaces of interactivity and connection that transform the experience of being in the city. Public gatherings and movement, even the capabilities of democratic ideology, have been redefined. Urban Screens, mobile media, new digital mappings, and ambient and pervasive media have all created new ecologies in cities. How do we analyze these new spaces? Recognition of the mutual histories and research programs of urban and media studies is only the beginning. Cartographies of Place develops new vocabularies and methodologies for engaging with the distinctive situations and experiences created by media technologies which are reshaping, augmenting, and expanding urban spaces. The book builds upon the rich traditions and insights of a post-war generation of humanist scholars, media theorists, and urban planners. Authors engage with different historical and contemporary currents in urban studies which share a common concern for media forms, either as research tools or as the means for discerning the expressive nature of city spaces around the world. All of the media considered here are not simply "free floating," but are deeply embedded in the geopolitical, economic, and material contexts in which they are used. Cartographies of Place is exemplary of a new direction in interdisciplinary media scholarship, opening up new ways of studying the complexities of cities and urban media in a global context.

Whose House We Are

Whose House We Are

  • Author: Melanie Klink Wayne
  • Publisher: WestBow Press
  • ISBN: 149085603X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 512
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The history of St. Clement’s Church in El Paso, Texas, chronicles the sacred movement of God through generations of people who have powerfully experienced His presence. Follow this church’s story from humble beginnings in a dusty western outpost over a century ago, through decades of extraordinary growth and great social upheaval, to the renewal of the 1970s and the groundbreaking separation of the Episcopal and Anglican churches in North America. The Lord faithfully led this once small, insignificant group of believers to become one of the most dynamic Anglican churches in the country today, with broad missionary outreach and inner-city neighborhood ministries. The story of St. Clement’s is told through historical records and the testimonies of men and women, ministers and lay people, civic leaders and humble workers, and writers and musicians who served through many decades, all empowered by God’s Holy Spirit.

A Guide to Post-Industrial Detroit

A Guide to Post-Industrial Detroit

Unconventional Tours of an Urban Landscape

  • Author: Theresa Welsh
  • Publisher: The Seeker Books
  • ISBN: 0979346851
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 259
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The city of Detroit, Michigan has become a magnet for “urban explorers,” people who like to roam around the ruins of formerly occupied urban areas. They come, driven by curiosity, desire to photograph and document urban decay, or because deserted buildings are a suitable canvass for their art. The vandals also come, stealing anything of value that the former inhabitants left behind. This book, with over 200 photographs, is about exploring Detroit, its natural assets and beautiful architecture and its abandoned neighborhoods. The author takes you inside the graffiti-filled walls of abandoned factories and homes (in a city full of homeless people!), with directions for readers who might want to do some urban exploring. The book's "tours" take you to historic locations, exploring its history of segregation and unrest, as well as its history as the Motor City, a center of Industrial Age innovation, progress and prosperity. Founded in 1701 by French explorers, Detroit reached its population peak in the 1950s, following waves of immigrants from Europe and migrations of people from the South seeking work in the industrial North. Over many years of growth and prosperity, the city became home to numerous magnificent buildings and grand churches. Woodward Avenue, the main street in Detroit, is so full of beautiful, historic and architecturally significant buildings that it is the ONLY urban highway in the US to be officially designated as a “Scenic Byway.” Much of its glory is still there to see and enjoy. The narrative is liberally illustrated with OVER 200 PHOTOS and has been updated for 2016.

Ancient Ghost

Ancient Ghost

  • Author: Cowboy Bart Jeppesen
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1483617599
  • Category: History
  • Page: 96
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Introduction I guess I got my start the day I found an unusual set of crosses carved into a cliff face many years ago. Then from that point on, I was on the hunt for more. I spent endless amounts of hours reading and researching. During these years I also photographed everything I found. I traveled to many states gathering and comparing these finds. Which in turn created quite a collection created from findings in the field. From this massive amount of information gathered from many places far and wide, I have been able to connect the common factors found within these sites. This is what makes my books very unique. I know that I can speed up the success rate of each person in the field. Originally, I had written only one book on symbols and signs. It was more of my journal and notes. But as I began to put it altogether it occurred to me just how much information and thousands of photographs were involved, along with the massive amount of work it would consist of. So it was agreed that this book should be divided. In doing it this way, I am able to teach the reader in a progressive manner from book to book. We all know someone somewhere who found something or was close to finding something. We also know that the majority of what these people had learned went to graves with them. My intentions are to share and spread this knowledge that I have gathered to help others become successful. Keeping in mind these are progressive books. So in the event that you are scratching your head-that is a good thing! Because as you progress along, you will suddenly turn on the light and truly understand the secrets needed to make it all so simple. Cowboy Bart

History of the City of Rome in the Middle Ages

History of the City of Rome in the Middle Ages

  • Author: Ferdinand Gregorovius,Annie Hamilton
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1108015050
  • Category: History
  • Page: 356
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The first modern study of the history of medieval Rome, translated between 1894 and 1902 from the fourth German edition.

A Common Place for All

A Common Place for All

A History of the Passaic Public Library

  • Author: James D Bordone
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
  • ISBN: 1608444449
  • Category: History
  • Page: 200
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Mr. Bordone received his MLS from the Palmer School of Library Science at Long Island University, New York, in 1997. He has served as a part time librarian at New Jersey's Montclair State University since 1995, a position he still holds today. After working full time as the School Media Specialist at St. Mary High School in Rutherford, New Jersey for six years, Mr. Bordone served as director of the Bogota Public Library, in Bogota, New Jersey. In December of 2003 he left Bogota to become a Reference Librarian at the Passaic Public Library in Passaic, New Jersey. Inspiration to write this book came from his desire to create a brief library history link to the library's webpage. Besides reading James passion is computers, history and animal rescue. He currently lives in Guttenberg New Jersey with his mother and five cats. This book documents a chronological history of a library whose roots can be traced to the Civil War period. It tells the story of the library's growth from one to nine branches and back to its current status of only one branch, documenting the interesting personalities who served it along the way. Although the Passaic Public Library may be an ordinary library in an urban community in New Jersey, it really is a microcosm of all communities, in that it has witnessed an exploding growth of immigrants over the past century and has been challenged financially to provide for this growing community, while at the same time it has struggled to keep up with the ever-growing and ever-changing trend of technology. Despite these demands, the Passaic Public Library has continued to fulfill its responsibilty to the community and the immigrant community in particular, by providing programs for both adults and children.