Rachel Bok

One of my favorite Yi-Fu Tuan quotes:

I was only fifteen when I chose geography as my field. Twelve years later, in 1957, I received my doctoral degree. So ended my long period of formal training. Ever since, I have not only taught and done research in geography but I have breathed and lived it. How was (is) that possible? How can geography, a rather down-to-earth subject, have such a hold on me, offer me ‘salvation’ when, from time to time, my personal life seemed to be the pits? I couldn’t have answered properly as a teenager or even as a newly-minted PhD. I can give a well-rounded answer only late in life — in retrospect, for the meaning of geography has expanded over a lifetime. It grew as I grew.

 

— Yi-Fu Tuan (1999)

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DORTMUND LECTURES ON CIVIC ART: New Civic Art. 2014.

Civism and Cities

Christoph Mäckler & Wolfgang Sonne

Formed to enliven the debate on contemporary urban development, the German Institute for Civic Art examines urban development history from architectural, planning, economic and sociological perspectives. This volume, with full English translation, documents the fourth Dortmund Lectures on Urban Design 2011, featuring British and American experts who presented recent findings and new concepts from universities and planning institutions in the field of urban construction. Norman Garrick US addresses the New Urbanism movement in a German context; Harald Bodenschatz GR considers transportation and place-making in postmodern communities; Ben Bolgar UK asks what can be borrowed from the development patterns of historic Britain for contemporary sustainability; Sergio Porta UK considers excessively bureaucratic developments in planning codes; Matthew Carmona UK takes a delightfully eccentric approach to the intersection of climate science; and Michael Hebbert UK looks at plot sizes as a scaled approach to development.July 2014 / Softcover8…

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