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Baltimore: Reinventing an Industrial Legacy City

1st Edition

By Klaus Philipsen


136 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Baltimore: Reinventing an Industrial Legacy City is an exploration into the reinvention, self-reflection and boosterism of US legacy cities, taking Baltimore as the case study model to reveal the larger narrative. Author Klaus Philipsen investigates the modern urban condition and the systemic problems involved with adapting metropolitan regions into equitable and sustainable communities, covering topics such as growth, urban sprawl, the depletion of cities, social justice, smart city and open data, transportation, community development, sustainability and diversity. Baltimore’s proximity to the US capital, combined with its industrial past, presents the optimum viewpoint to investigate these challenges and draw parallels with cities across the world.

Table of Contents

Part 1: How We Got Here

1.1. From # 2 US city to rank 26 and dropping

1.2. Housing: From Polished Stoops to Boarded Shells and Lofts

1.3. The Policies and Economics of Dispersal: Beyond the Point of No Return?

1.4. Coming Full Circle: From Riots to Renaissance to Riots

1.5. Transportation

1.6. Making and Production

Part 2: Case Studies – (My 30 Year Perspective).

2.1. Sprawl and Smart Growth

2.2. Transportation

2.3. Housing Hope III, HOPE VI, V2V, EBDI

2.4. Preservation, Adaptive Reuse and Heritage

2.5. Innovation and Making: Station North, Open Works, UA Lighthouse, Tradepoint Atlantic, Blueprint, Enable,

Part 3: How To Break The Cycles, Outlook

3.1. Globalization, Localization and Cities

3.2. Making and Innovation

3.3. Crowd-based Production

3.4. Brownfield Redevelopment

3.5. Transportation

3.6. Staging a Comeback

About the Author


Klaus Philipsen

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Klaus Philipsen is German trained, and has 40 years of "on-the-ground" experience as an architect, urban planner and community development advocate. Philipsen explores and compares multiple facets of development in Baltimore with an occasional look back at his original hometown of Stuttgart, Germany. Philipsen connects his work as an architect, transportation planner, preservationist and smart-growth advocate to advance an urban agenda that will propel legacy cities such as Baltimore into the 21st century and the "age of cities".

About the Series

Built Environment City Studies

The Built Environment City Studies series provides researchers and academics with a detailed look at individual cities through a specific lens. These concise books delve into a case study of an international city, focusing on a key built environment topic. Written by scholars from around the world, the collection provides a library of thorough studies into trends, developments and approaches that affect our cities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design
ARCHITECTURE / Adaptive Reuse & Renovation