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City That Never Was : Reconsidering the Speculative Nature of Contemporary Urbanization (Paperback)
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Focusing on the recent real estate boom in Spain as an example, this study examines failed real estate development projects after the 2008 financial meltdown and offers recommendations for planning and design to prevent failed speculative urbanization. While the book offers examples of failed real estate speculation from around the world, from the 18th century to the present, one section is devoted to urbanization in Spain during the period 1998-2008. Another section contains five case studies of the same Spanish boom period from the Madrid metropolitan region, looking at political and economic motivations for real estate speculation. Other contemporary examples include the 21st century housing boom in the US Sun Belt, the Irish property bubble, the rapid expansion of Dubai over the past 20 years, African New Towns, and urban expansion in China. The book contains color and b&w photos, maps, aerial views, and images. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
One of the most troubling consequences of the 2008 global financial collapse was the midstream abandonment of several large-scale speculative urban and suburban projects. The resulting scars on the landscape, large subdivisions with only marked-out plots and half-finished roads, are the subject of The City That Never Was, an eye-opening look at what happens when development, particularly what the author calls "speculative urbanism," is out of sync with financial reality. Presenting historical and recent examples from around the world?from the sprawl of the US Sun Belt and the unoccupied towns of western China, to the "ghost estates" of Ireland?and focusing on case studies in Spain, Marcinkoski proposes an ecologically based model in place of the capricious economic and political factors that typically drive development today.
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Architecture, Business + Money Management
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Author: Christopher Marcinkoski
Street Date: January 12, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-8606
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