This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Bath’s inscription with UNESCO as a World Heritage site. It is recognised for a number of Outstanding Universal Values (OUVs), including its extensive Roman remains, its Georgian town planning that is documented as ‘a masterpiece of human creative genius’, its landscape setting and the location of the only naturally occurring hot springs in the country. This exciting new book will focus on twenty-five locations throughout the city that have been identified as embodying elements of these OUVs and will be richly illustrated throughout with historical images from the archives of Bath in Time. The book will set out to interpret and identify the uniqueness that is Bath, and will serve as a valuable guide to anyone wanting to explore the city and uncover the fascinating stories behind each location.
Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House
Author: Franklin Toker
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Fallingwater Rising is a biography not of a person but of the most famous house of the twentieth century. Scholars and the public have long extolled the house that Frank Lloyd Wright perched over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937, but the full story has never been told. When he got the commission to design the house, Wright was nearing seventy, his youth and his early fame long gone. It was the Depression, and Wright had no work in sight. Into his orbit stepped Edgar J. Kaufmann, a Pittsburgh department-store mogul–“the smartest retailer in America”–and a philanthropist with the burning ambition to build a world-famous work of architecture. It was an unlikely collaboration: the Jewish merchant who had little concern for modern architecture and the brilliant modernist who was leery of Jews. But the two men collaborated to produce an extraordinary building of lasting architectural significance that brought international fame to them both and confirmed Wright’s position as the greatest architect of the twentieth century. Fallingwater Rising is also an enthralling family drama, involving Kaufmann, his beautiful cousin/wife, Liliane, and their son, Edgar Jr., whose own role in the creation of Fallingwater and its ongoing reputation is central to the story. Involving such key figures of the l930s as Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, Henry R. Luce, William Randolph Hearst, Ayn Rand, and Franklin Roosevelt, Fallingwater Rising shows us how E. J. Kaufmann’s house became not just Wright’s masterpiece but a fundamental icon of American life. One of the pleasures of the book is its rich evocation of the upper-crust society of Pittsburgh–Carnegie, Frick, the Mellons–a society that was socially reactionary but luxury-loving and baronial in its tastes, hobbies, and sexual attitudes (Kaufmann had so many mistresses that his store issued them distinctive charge plates they could use without paying). Franklin Toker has been studying Fallingwater for eighteen years. No one but he could have given us this compelling saga of the most famous private house in the world and the dramatic personal story of the fascinating people who made and used it. A major contribution to both architectural and social history.
On a remote and secluded Appalachian site in the foothills of Western Pennsylvania lies what is undoubtedly the most famous modern home in the United States and, perhaps, the world: Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Commissioned in 1934 to design a weekend retreat for Pittsburgh department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann, Wright shocked his client and the architectural establishment with a daring sculptural composition dramatically cantilevered over the white water of Bear Run. Fallingwater at once expresses Wright's ideal of an "organic" architecture attuned to the rhythms of the natural world while fully embracing the modernist idiom - albeit on his own terms. For Wright, the commission offered a chance to thrust himself back into the forefront of architectural practice. Considered passé by some proponents of the International Style, with Fallingwater Wright proved to all that he remained at the vanguard of the profession. Ezra Stoller's photographs of Fallingwater have become icons in their own right, illustrating the building's integral connection to the landscape and its striking modern form.
The "Deuteronomic History" is replete with images of water, storm, and drought. This book is a fascinating study of these images as keys to a polemic against the Canaanite pantheon of Baalism. Canaanite deities, particularly the storm god Baal, competed directly with Yahweh, the single deity who led the Hebrew tribes out of Egypt. Leaving Nile-irrigated Egypt and settling in the more arid regions of Canaan, these tribes asked their new neighbors: -How do your gardens grow?- The resulting popularity of Baalism among the Hebrews brought forth awesome rebukes from Yahweh. This work critically examines both historical and textual sources, including the literature of the Ras Shamra Texts. It offers bold insight into the symbols employed by Deuteronomic Historians and their clear agenda to convince a wayward people that Yahweh, not Baal, was the god of heaven and earth, storm and sea."
An ecological story on evolving human-environmental relations coping with climate change and sea-level rise
Author: P.H. Nienhuis
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This unique text presents the environmental history of the lowland delta of the rivers Rhine and Meuse. It is an ecological story of evolving human-environmental relations and how they cope with climate change and sea-level rise. The text offers a combination of in-depth ecology and environmental history. The synthesis presents a blueprint for future management and restoration, from progressive reclamation of land in the past, to adaptation of human needs to the forces of nature.
Environmental and Water Resources Institute (U.S.)
Proceedings and Invited Papers for the ASCE 150th Anniversary (1852-2002) : November 3-7, 2002, Washington, DC
Author: Environmental and Water Resources Institute (U.S.)
Publisher: Amer Society of Civil Engineers
Category: Technology & Engineering
Annotation Twenty-four contributions address the history of various government and academic organizations that have played a role in the nation's water resources and environmental activities. Papers address topics including environmental engineering history and developments, hydraulic engineering pioneers, Bureau of Reclamation history and developments, university water and hydraulic education and research, hydrology and water resource planning, and an invited paper discussing the history of life on the Coosa, Tallapoosa, Cahaba, and Alabama rivers. Six contributions discuss the formation of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and the history of ASCE technical divisions and codes and standards activities. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
Water scarcity is not simply the result of what nature has to offer but always involves power relations and political decisions. This volume discusses the politics of the freshwater crisis, specifically how access to water is determined in different regions and historical periods, how conflict is constructed and managed, and how identity and efforts to control water systems, through development, technologies, and institutions, shape one another. The book analyzes responses to the water crisis as efforts to mitigate water insecurity and as expressions of collective identity that legitimate, resist, or seek to transform existing inequalities. The chapters focus on different processes that contribute to freshwater scarcity, including land use decisions, pollution, privatization, damming, climate change, discrimination, water management institutions and technology. Case studies are included from North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and New Zealand.