Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks
Edited by Carola Hein
Routledge – 2011 – 14 pages
Ports have been and continue to be critical in not just the global movement of goods, but also the global movement of ideas, social change, and cultural phenomena, including architecture and urban form. The connected points of a multi-faceted network, ports profoundly affect both each other and the cities and regions to which they belong. Shipping and trade networks have created a legacy embodied in the street patterns, land use and buildings of interconnected port cities. Multiple forces are at play: technological requirements, elite preferences and working class needs, urban policy and globalization.
Port Cities brings together original scholarship by both well-published and younger scholars from multiple disciplines and builds upon long-standing research on the international exchange of architectural and planning ideas. A carefully selected series of essays examines comprehensively and globally the changing built and urban environment of selected port cities. They explore similarities, dissimilarities, and how sea-based networking has influenced urban landscapes and architecture, socio-economic and cultural development from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries.
The first section examines global networks linking ports and cities and explores the effect of inter-continental transfers on architecture and planning. The second part focuses on interconnected port cities in regional contexts, analyzing socio-economic structures and urban and built form. The third section examines the built environment of selected cities in view of their response to changing technology, transforming socio-economic networks and political contexts, as well as evolving design concepts. Overall, the book proposes a networked analysis of the built and urban environment, arguing that international maritime networks are paradigmatic for the creation of dynamic, multi-scaled, and interconnected "port cityscapes."
"Port Cities offers a far richer perspective on the subject of port city development than many other books. Indeed, for those familiar with the large body of literature that covers the fall and rise of the urban waterfront since the advent of the shipping container, this book will come as a breath of fresh air." – Journal of the American Planning Association
"…as [Port Cities] deals with various geographies, the articles in the collection examine a long time span that enables the reader to see the historical continuities in the port cities it describes. In short, it deliberately exemplifies the dynamic, multi-scaled, and inter-connected port cityscapes created by historical and present-day international maritime networks." -New Perspectives on Turkey
"…a well-documented and illustrated set of chapters that takes the reader literally around the world" - Journal of Urban History
1. Changing Urban Patterns in Port Cities: History, Present, and Future Carola Hein Part I: Port Cities: Global Networks and Urban Form 2. Migration, Trade and the Atlantic Port Cities Patrick O’Flanagan 3. Shipping Chinatowns and Container Terminals Lars Amenda 4. Seaport Cities Dirk Schubert 5. Port Cities and the Global Exchange of Planning Ideas Stephen Ward Part 2: Regional Dynamics of Port Cities: Politics, People and the Built Environment 6. Trade, Politics and City Space(s) in Mediterranean Ports Athanasios Gekas and Mathieu Grenet 7. Mercantile Elites in the Ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam Huibert Schijf 8. Treaty Ports of China Johnathan Farris 9. Staring at the Sea, Staring at the Land Malte Fuhrmann 10. Town Planning, Architecture, and Migration in the Port Cities of the Suez Canal Area Céline Frémaux Part 3: Landscapes of the Port City: Global case studies 11. Hamburg's waterfront redevelopment Carola Hein 12. New York City: How its Port Shaped Its Architecture Carol Krinsky 13. Hong Kong: Transformative Image as a Port City Marisa Yiu 14. Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port: Trade, Territory and Infrastructure Stephen Ramos 14. Conclusions: Patterns of Global Architecture in Port Cities Carola Hein
Carola Hein is Professor at Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania) in the Growth and Structure of Cities Department. Her current research interests include the transmission of architectural and urban ideas along international networks, focusing specifically on port cities and the global architecture of oil.