A Shout in the Street: An Excursion into the Modern City by Peter Jukes

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By Peter Jukes

A awesome meditation at the topography of the trendy urban, A Shout on the street bargains an in depth and delicate exam of 4 city landscapes--London, Paris, Leningrad, and ny. Peter Jukes pursues the essence of those foreign metropolises in an assemblage made out of his personal evocative essays, excerpts from smooth masters of the essay shape akin to Benjamin, Barthes, and Sontag, and interval photos. A Shout on the street, with a keenly cinematic eye, searches out not only the glittering facades, however the power of thoroughfares and neighborhoods.

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Most foreigners can proudly show the stranger their ‘new city’,” he had written in 1883. ” By this he meant that at least the old center of Amsterdam possessed a picturesque charm. ” In some ways Berlage thought like a Renaissance master builder. HumanCapital 06-03-2003 16:50 Pagina 43 body the “powerful social ethos” of his time, as city historian Richter Roegholt calls it, in an ambitious residential environment. In so doing, everything had to submit to the Plan of the Master Builder, the mediator between the higher values and dimensions of the universe and the reality of streets and buildings.

In the AUP, nature is no longer swept away like an enemy but instead once again readmitted to the city. This it does in the form of a sort of enormous wedge. In 1915, in his book Cities in Evolution, Patrick Geddes had called for an expansion of the overlap between the urban and the rural using a city model in which the countryside could continue to encroach into the developed area; the “finger city” or “lobe city” in other words. The AUP applied this theory consistently in practice, as a result of which the polder landscape remains within easy reach of most city-dwellers.

1993) Amsterdam na 1900, The Hague: Sdu Uitgevers, p. 20. Roegholt, R. (2001) “De droom van de jaren twintig,” De Groene Amsterdammer. Stevin, S. “Van de oirdening der steden,” in Materiae politicae; burgherlicke stoffen, 1649, Leiden: Rosenboom, 161; quoted in Bakker, 87. HumanCapital 06-03-2003 16:50 Pagina 48 Taverne, E. (1978) In het land van belofte. Ideaal en werkelijkheid van de stadsuitleg in de Republiek 1580-1680, Maarssen: Schwartz. Valk, A. van der (1989) Amsterdam in aanleg. Planvorming en dagelijks handelen 1850-1900, Amsterdam: PDI/UvA, 224.

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