Book Prizes!

Insuring the City

I am thrilled to announce that Insuring the City has received two book prizes:  the Kenneth Jackson Prize for Best Book in Urban History (North American topic); and the Lewis Mumford Award for Best Book from the Society of American City and Regional Planning History.

Here is the citation from the UHA:

UHA Kenneth Jackson Prize, 2012

 Elihu Rubin, Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012).

In his fascinating case study of the Prudential Center in Boston, architectural historian Elihu Rubin offers a surprisingly broad reinterpretation of urban renewal in the automobile age.   Rubin moves beyond the politics of renewal and treats corporate decision makers seriously as shapers of the postwar city.  In his keen analysis of architectural designs and site plans, Rubin offers a convincing case that “the Pru” is a “culturally significant landscape that exemplifies the production of urban space in…

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