Close-Up: How to Read the American City
"Grady Clay looks hard at the landscape, finding out who built what and why, noticing who participates in a city's success and who gets left in a 'sink,' or depressed (often literally) area. Clay doesn't stay in the city; he looks at industrial towns, truck stops, suburbs—nearly anywhere people live or work. His style is witty and readable, and the book is crammed with illustrations that clarify his points. If I had to pick up one book to guide my observations of the American scene, this would be it."—Sonia Simone, Whole Earth Review
"The emphasis on the informal aspects of city-shaping—topographical, historical, economic and social—does much to counteract the formalist approach to American urban design. Close-Up...should be required reading for anyone wishing to understand Americans and their cities."—Roger Cunliffe, Architectural Review
"Close-Up is a provocative and stimulating book."—Thomas J. Schlereth, Winterthur Portfolio
"Within this coherent string of essays, the urban dweller or observer, as well as the student, will find refreshing strategies for viewing the environmental 'situations' interacting to form a landscape."—Dallas Morning News
"Clay's Close-Up, first published in 1973, is still a key book for looking at the real American city. Too many urban books and guidebooks concentrate on the good parts of the city....Clay looks at all parts of the city, the suburbs, and the places between cities, and develops new terms to describe parts of the built environment—fronts, strips, beats, stacks, sinks, and turf. No one who wants to understand American cities or to describe them, should fail to know this book. The illustrations are of special interest to the guidebook writer."—American Urban Guidenotes
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Review: Close-Up: How to Read the American CityUser Review - Beth - Goodreads
I'd give this book 4 stars but it is terribly outdated, so I'm knocking off a star so as not to encourage people. really. this needs at least 20 years worth of updating! It does give the basics of ... Read full review
Review: Close-Up: How to Read the American CityUser Review - Goodreads
Quite dated but interesting thus far -- he made some pretty accurate predictions back in 1975 or whenever this was written.
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Close-Up: How to Read the American City, New York: Praeger Pub- lishers, 1973, 192 pp., 165 illus. $10.00. Grady Clay views cities with fresh eyes. ...
Clay, Grady: Close-Up
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In his 1973 book, Close-Up: How To Read the American City, he proposed abandoning the cherished but misguided notion that the traditional American city was ...
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By GRADY CLAY; GRADY CLAY, FORMERLY EDITOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE, IS THE AUTHOR OF ''CLOSE-UP: HOW TO READ THE AMERICAN CITY.'' ...
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Close Up: How to Read the American City. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1973. Berger, John, and Jean Mohr. Another Way of Telling. ...
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Grady Clay, Close-Up: How to Read the American City. “The city as a device for distributing surplus energies” (87). For Woodward Avenue chapter, ...
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