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URBAN PALEONTOLOGY
Evolution of Urban Form
By Ming Tang, Dihua Yang. ISBN: 1599429497

The book won 2008 SCAD President Fellowship.

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This is a book I wrote with Prof. Yang. A cohesive framework---“Urban Paleontology”---is introduced in our book as a new approach for urban form analysis. It is a coined term describing the process in exploring the evolution of “urban species” based on their remains---“urban fossils”. Our book consists of four chapters with more than 200 illustrations. Related theories and approaches are studied and summarized in Chapter I, followed by two chapters analyzing two research areas in Beijing and Savannah respectively. The last chapter of the book is devoted to conclusions.

FROM PALEONTOLOGY TO URBAN PALEONTOLOGY

“Male or female, king or queen, no one can be sure. But of one thing there is no question: Sue rules!… It stands 13 feet high at the hips and 42 feet long from head to tail… It died near a fast-moving river… its body was quickly covered by riverbed sand and mud. Over time, pressure and some remineralization turned its bones to fossils…Its species was well-adapted to its environment… Many of the bones in its skeleton show signs of old age. As it grew, its bones underwent changes: some wore down, others fused together, still others developed bony calluses… Its skeleton provided a key piece of the puzzle that links dinosaurs and birds—a wishbone…”

—Sue at the Field Museum, Chicago

“This Void Block was obviously a powerful urban species in dominating the city. It feathers a continuous wall of ten meters high as its boundary, and well-landscaped open spaces as its fabric….. It dominated the entire city for about five hundred years since it was first established in 1420. However, changes were undergoing gradually on its street pattern…As a result, an orthogonal street pattern was established…It eventually evolved into a new urban species, Filled-in Block, which can be traced through its urban fossil in the current urban stratum. Its evolution represents a process of adaptation determined by the psycho-social selection. ”

—Chapter II

 

 



 


 

M Arch Living Architecture

Our book is cited in Living Architecture lecture from Rachel Armstrong. It is a good presentation related related with architecture, city, biology and organism. The presentation is available to download online.
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(uploaded by Ming Tang on 2010-01-21)


Book available for purchasing now

Click to see the origenal image. The book is available for purchasing in the bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble. Free sample chapters are available to download in Universal Publisher website here. ISBN: 1599429497
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(uploaded by Ming Tang on 2008-10-10)


 





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