Dead Cities by Mike Davis
And Other Tales

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A riveting exploration of the tensions between nature and the built environment, by a leading urbanist.

In his most brilliantly syncretic writing yet, radical urban theorist Mike Davis explores the combat zone that is contemporary urban America, a ceaseless battle waged both within cities and against nature. Using environmental science as his frame of understanding, Davis examines themes of urban life today—white flight, deindustrialization, housing and job segregation and discrimination, and federal policy—and looks at areas he calls "national sacrifice zones," military landscapes that simulated warfare and arms production have rendered uninhabitable.

Davis begins our apocalyptically inflected tour with a trip to New York's Ground Zero. He then takes us to "German Village," a Utah wasteland that was once a test site for Allied science advisors to rehearse the perfect plan for destroying Berlin, and to the diabolic miracle of Las Vegas, where environmental terrorism is practiced in the name of urban development. Davis also hits Los Angeles, the frontline of the "Second Civil War" sparked by American apartheid, and which lies waiting to be ignited in cities across the country. With wit, compassion, and an eye for the absurd and the unjust, Mike Davis has begun a long overdue dialogue on urban science in this prophetic new book.

 

About Mike Davis

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Mike Davis is the author of "City of Quartz, Magical Urbanism," and, most recently, "Dead Cities," and co-author of "Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See," A MacArthur Fellow, he lives in San Diego.
 
Published November 14, 2002 by New Press, The. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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As if he were a pair of zoom binoculars, Davis can look hyper-closely at the tortured Compton, a neighborhood about to slip its own tectonic disk, or pull far back into comparative planetology and “an existential Earth shaped by the creative energies of its catastrophes.” Pushy and polymathic, Da...

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Dead Cities: A Natural History by Mike Davis The New Press £16.99, pp432 Over the past decade, through three comprehensive studies, Mike Davis has excavated the dark lands of postmodern America.

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Dead Cities by Mike Davis 432pp, The New Press, £16.95 Is the era of American influence drawing to a close, despite the nation's vast military and economic power?

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Davis finds "an existential Earth shaped by the creative energies of its catastrophes" (like asteroid impacts, to which a chapter is devoted) that only "geomorphology," an emerging science, treats the effects of urban, rural, natural and man made urban disasters as part of the same continuum, mig...

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London Review of Books

After 11 September, architecture critics warned that the age of the skyscraper had ended, yet dozens of new highrises are under construction and whichever design is ultimately chosen for the new Trade Center complex, it will surely feature one of the world’s tallest buildings.

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