Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-40 by Max Page
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-40
By Max Page

The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-40

New edition

By (author) See other recent books by Max Page
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $64.00
Your Price: $57.60 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $6.40! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.88 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply

Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-40 by Max Page

Book Description

Winner of the2001 Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. "It'll be a great place if they ever finish it," O. Henry wrote about New York City. This laconic remark captures the relentlessly transitory character of New York, and it points toward Max Page's synthetic perspective. Against the prevailing motif of a naturally expanding metropolis, Page argues that the early-twentieth-century city was dominated by the politics of destruction and rebuilding that became the hallmark of modern urbanism. The oxymoron "creative destruction" suggests the tensions that are at the heart of urban life: between stability and change, between particular places and undifferentiated spaces, between market forces and planning controls, and between the "natural" and "unnatural" in city growth. Page investigates these cultural counterweights through case studies of Manhattan's development, with depictions ranging from private real estate development along Fifth Avenue to Jacob Riis's slum clearance efforts on the Lower East Side, from the elimination of street trees to the efforts to save City Hall from demolition. In these examples some New Yorkers celebrate planning by destruction or marvel at the domestication of the natural environment, while others decry the devastation of their homes and lament the passing of the city's architectural heritage. A central question in each case is the role of the past in the shaping of collective memory which buildings are preserved? which trees are cut down? which fragments are enshrined in museums? Contrary to the popular sense of New York as an ahistorical city, the past as recalled by powerful citizens was, in fact, at the heart of defining how the city would be built. Beautifully illustrated and written in clear, engaging prose, "The Creative Destruction of Manhattan" offers a new way of viewing the development of the American city. "An excellent, multifaceted analysis of the process of urban development-not the inevitability of development but the choices individuals, organizations, and developers made that transformed Manhattan. The politics of place was, Max Page convincingly argues, an ongoing battle to define and thereby control the evolving shape of the city." David Schuyler, author of "Apostle of Taste: Andrew Jackson Downing 1815-1852" "Max Page transcends the usual dichotomy between those who glorify destruction for the sake of change and those who would avoid both at all cost. The sizeable borderland between architecture and preservation reveals new dimensions about science and history, innovation and memory, the cities that have been, and those yet to come." Gwendolyn Wright, author of "The Politics of Design in French Colonial Urbanism" "A sober, humane explanation of how and why New York City became a place of continuous rebuilding. . . . For real or armchair New Yorkers, the whole package is a treat." "Kirkus Reviews""

Buy Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-40 book by Max Page from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780226644691
ISBN-10: 0226644693
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 215mm x 18mm)
Pages: 303
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...

Books By Author Max Page

Why Preservation Matters by Max Page Why Preservation Matters, Hardback (January 2017)

Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, a critique of the preservation movement-and a bold vision for its future

City's End by Max Page City's End, Paperback (August 2010)

From 19th-century paintings of fires raging through New York to scenes of Manhattan engulfed by a gigantic wave in the movie "Deep Impact", images of the city's end have been diverse. This book investigates 2 centuries of imagined cataclysms visited upon New York, and offers a perspective to our understanding of the events of September 11, 2001.

» View all books by Max Page


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-40 book by Max Page and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Max Page

Max Page teaches history at Yale University.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Max Page close
Why Preservation Matters by Max Page
Future of Higher Education by Max Page
Reconsidering Jane Jacobs by Max Page
Future of Higher Education by Max Page
City's End by Max Page
Giving Preservation a History by Max Page
Giving Preservation a History by Max Page
» close