1st Edition

American Cities and Technology Wilderness to Wired city

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    Designed to be used on its own or as a companion volume to the American Cities and Technology textbook. Chronologically, this volume ranges from the earliest technological dimensions of Amerindian settlements to the 'wired city' concept of the 1960s and internet communications of the 1990s.Its focus extends beyond the US to include telecomunications in Asian cities in the late 20th century. The topics covered:
    * the rise of the skyscraper
    *the coming of the automobile age
    * relations between private and public transport
    * the development of infrastructural technologies and systems
    * the implications of electronic communications
    * the emergence of city planning.

    1. Introduction: The Growth of American Cities 2. Transport and the Nineteenth-century city 3. Transport in the Twentieth -century city - Automobility 4. Building types: construction and materials 5. Water supply, sewage, drainage and sanitation 6. Heat, light and fire protection 7. Travel and telecommunication in the late twentieth century city 8. Telecommunication and twentieth century cities


    Gerrylynn K. Roberts is a lecturer in the Department of History of Science and Technology, and Philip Steadman is a lecturer in the Department of Architectural and Urban Morphology at the Open University.