11.016J | Spring 2015 | Undergraduate

The Once and Future City


[JE] = Elkins, James. How to Use Your Eyes. Routledge, 2000. ISBN: 9780415922548. [Preview with Google Books]

Part 1: Reading the City Clay, Grady. Close-Up: How to Read the American City. University of Chicago Press, 1980, pp. 11–16 and 38–65. ISBN: 9780226109459. [Preview with Google Books]
Part II: City and Nature: Natural Processes as Agents of Change

Spirn, Anne Whiston. The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design. Vol. 5135. Basic Books, 1985. ISBN: 9780465027064.

[JE] “Preface,” “How to Look at a Culvert,” “How to Look at Pavement,” “How to Look at a Twig.”

Buy at MIT Press Krieger, Alex, David A. Cobb, eds. Mapping Boston. MIT Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780262611732.

Part III: City and Society: Social Processes as Agents of Change

Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. Oxford University Press, 1987. ISBN: 9780195049831. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at MIT Press Warner, Sam Bass, Jr. “A Brief History of Boston.” Mapping Boston. MIT Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780262611732.

Part IV: Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Envisioning and Shaping Future Cities

Buy at MIT Press Hayden, Dolores. The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. MIT Press, 1997, pp. 14–43 and 226–38. ISBN: 9780262581523. [Preview with Google Books]

Spirn, Anne Whiston. “The Yellowwood and the Forgotten Creek (Prologue).” In The Language of Landscape. Yale University Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780300082944.

The West Philadelphia Landscape Project

Part V: Boston Sites: How Have They Evolved, Where Are They Headed

Jacobs, Jane. “The Kind of Problem a City Is.” In The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Vintage, 1992. ISBN: 9780679741954.

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