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Preserving the World's Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis

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Both epic and intimate, this is the story of the fight to save the world’s architectural and cultural heritage as it is embodied in the extraordinary buildings and urban spaces of the great cities of Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

Never before have the complexities and dramas of urban preservation been as keenly documented as in Preserving the World’s Great Cities. In res
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Three Rivers Press (first published October 9th 2001)
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John Strohm
Each chapter focuses on a city (or pair of cities, such as Moscow/Bejing). It starts with a concise historical background of the city, and weaves the architectural discussion into the history. Major changes are described up to the present day.

Tung makes a well-reasoned plea for historical preservation, and grapples with difficult questions such as the competition between preservation and livability.

A remarkable book for anyone interested in the history of cities, or architecture, or any of the
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Howard Mansfield
Anthony M. Tung has done something for which I don’t think he received credit or reviews. He has incisively summarized the ways in which the 19th & 20th Centuries slammed into centuries of urban history. He shows the destruction, loss, and upheaval. Each city he considers is represented a capsule history. It’s the best thing that I’ve read about preservation around the world.

Dan
Preserving the World's Great Cities is a remarkable overview of how the architectural patrimony of cities is shaped. Tung weaves history and social analysis to examine what people preserve, or, perhaps more often, do not preserve. A book of this scope necessitates broad strokes, but Tung's analysis is consistently pointed and revealing.
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