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Designing the modern city, urbanism since 1850, Eric Mumford - hardcover

"A comprehensive new survey tracing the global history of urbanism and urban design from the industrial revolution to the present. Written with an international perspective that encourages cross-cultural comparisons, leading architectural and urban historian Eric Mumford presents a comprehensive survey of urbanism and urban design since the industrial revolution. Beginning in the second half of the 19th century, technical, social, and economic developments set cities and the world's population on a course of massive expansion. Mumford recounts how key figures in design responded to these changing circumstances with both practicable proposals and theoretical frameworks, ultimately creating what are now mainstream ideas about how urban environments should be designed, as well as creating the field called "urbanism." He then traces the complex outcomes of approaches that emerged in European, American, and Asian cities. This erudite and insightful book addresses the modernization of the traditional city, including mass transit and sanitary sewer systems, building legislation, and model tenement and regional planning approaches. It also examines the urban design concepts of groups such as CIAM (International Congresses of Modern Architecture) and Team 10, and their adherents and critics, including those of the Congress for the New Urbanism, as well as efforts toward ecological urbanism. Highlighting built as well as unbuilt projects, Mumford offers a sweeping guide to the history of designers' efforts to shape cities."--, Publisher's website
Table Of Contents
Introduction -- The emergence of modern urbanism: European cities in the nineteenth century -- Cities in the Americas and the international influence of the City Beautiful movement -- From tenement reform to regional planning, 1840-1932 -- The emergence of avant-garde urbanism in the 1920s and 1930s -- Mid-twentieth-century modern urbanism -- Urban design, Team 10, and Metabolism after 1953 -- Crisis of Utopia: rejections and revisions of modern planning -- Globalization and urbanism from the 1950s to the present -- Conclusion
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
vii, 352 pages, illustrations, maps, 26 cm

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