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Buried Cities: Destruction, Erasure and Forgetting
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Buried Cities: Destruction, Erasure and Forgetting (Hardback)

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Whether whole or partial, the ongoing destruction of cities is a unique challenge in planning practice; what do cities do with material remains when it comes to time for reconstruction? Buried Cities: Destruction, Erasure and Forgetting is concerned with the shaping of the city through burial; the conscious burial of cities and urban precincts through human intervention on the city.

Differentiating between the destruction of cities from natural causes or war, Buried Cities discusses the conscious human acts of burying cities, and the relation of these burial rites to human practices of city, in both remembering and forgetting the city. With case studies ranging from Nero's Golden House in Rome to Seattle's subterranean precinct and Germany's Trummerberge, author Benedict Anderson concludes with suggestions to approach planning for contemporary war-torn and endangered sites like Aleppo in Syria or Palmyra in Iraq.

A previously ignored area of study, this book will provide an influential and unique new perspective for planners, urban designers, geographers and urban historians.

Benedict Anderson is a professor of Spatial Design in the Factuly of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney, the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Design Practice, and an associate partner at Thinkbuild Architecture.

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