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Storyline and design: how civic stewardship shapes urban design in New York City

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2013

Publication

Chapter 13. In: Pickett, S.T.A.; Cadenasso, M.L.; McGrath, B., eds. Resilience in ecology and urban design: linking theory and practice for sustainable cities. Vol. 3. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands: 269-287.

Abstract

Our interest in reshaping the natural world to enhance human life can be traced back thousands of years to the earliest urban civilizations. From irrigation projects of the Indus Valley to the Roman aqueducts to designing integrated systems of landscaped parks and stream valleys, humans have sought to harness the capacity of nature to advance public well-being, prosperity and urban development. Throughout this history one finds a wide range of social actors in competition over urban land not only as it becomes scarce but as the meaning of nature shifts in concert with changing social and economic conditions. Environmental historians have remarked that the period from the late nineteenth through the twentieth century is distinct as it reflects rapid and unprecedented changes in human settlements, technology, and global markets that have dramatically restructured the relationship between society and nature.

Citation

Svendsen, Erika S. 2013. Storyline and design: how civic stewardship shapes urban design in New York City. Chapter 13. In: Pickett, S.T.A.; Cadenasso, M.L.; McGrath, B., eds. Resilience in ecology and urban design: linking theory and practice for sustainable cities. Vol. 3. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands: 269-287. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5341-9 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5341-9.

Last updated on: February 8, 2013