Technology and the Rise of the Networked City in Europe and America

Edited by Joel A. Tarr, and Gabriel Dupuy
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HC: $37.95
EAN: 978-0-87722-540-9
Publication: Sep 88

360 pages

6 figs., 22 halftones

About technology’s vital role in shaping the urban environment


It is only within the last decade that historians have begun to pay serious attention to technology’s vital role in shaping the urban environment. Between approximately 1850 and 1930, cities in the industrialized world constructed a series of systems or networks to distribute water, wastewater, vehicles, energy, messages, and people. This collection of essays comprises the first book to trace the history and development of technological systems in European and American cities from the middle of the nineteenth century through World War II.

Table of Contents

Part I: Transportation
1. Comparative Perspectives on Transit in Europe and the United States, 1850-1914 – John P. McKay
2. Street Transport in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: Mechanization Delayed? – Anthony Sutcliffe
3. Economic Aspects of Public Transit in the Parisian Area, 1855-1939 – Dominique Larroque
4. Urban Pathways: The Street and Highway, 1900-1940 – Clay McShane

Part II: Water Systems
5. The Genesis of Water Supply, Distribution, and Sewerage Systems in France, 1800-1850 – André Guillerme
6. The Development of Water and Sewerage Systems in France, 1850-1950 – Jean-Pierre Goubert
7. Fire and Disease: The Development of Water Supply Systems in New England, 1870-1900 – Letty Anderson

Part III: Waste Disposal
8. Sewerage and the Development of the Networked City in the United States, 1850-1930 – Joel A. Tarr
9. Historical Origins and Development of a Sewerage System in a German City: Bielefeld, 1850-1904 – Georges Knaebel
10. Technology Diffusion and Refuse Disposal: The Case of the British Destructor – Martin V. Melost

Part IV: Energy. Heat, and Power
11. Urban Gas and Electric Systems and Social Change, 1900-1940 – Mark H. Rose
12. City Lights: The Electrification of the Chicago Region, 1880-1930 – Harold L. Platt
13. Municipalities as Managers: Heat Networks in Germany – Roselyne Messager
14. Utility Networks and Territory in the Paris Region: The Case of Andresy – Gabriel Dupuy

Part V: Communication
15. Cities and Communication: The Limits of Community – Seymour J. Mandelbaum
16. Telephone Networks in France and Great Britain – Chantal de Gournay

About the Author(s)

Joel A. Tarr is Professor of History and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Gabriel Dupuy is a Professor at the Institut d'Urbanisme de Paris, University of Paris, and Chairman of the Transportation, Environment, and Urban Planning Department, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussés.

In the Series

  • Technology and Urban Growth edited by Blaine Brownell, Donald T. Critchlow, Mark S. Foster, Mark Rose, and Joel A. Tarr

    No longer active.  Technology and Urban Growth, edited by Blaine Brownell, Donald T. Critchlow, Mark S. Foster, Joel Tarr, and Mark Rose, focuses on the relationships between urban growth and change and developments in technological fields such as transport, utilities, and housing and office construction.