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Birth of Modern London: Development and Design of the City, 1660-1720
     

Birth of Modern London: Development and Design of the City, 1660-1720

by Elizabeth McKellar
 

The period between 1660-1720 witnessed the foundation of modern London. The city was transformed after the great fire from a tight warren of medieval timber-framed building into a landscape of brick houses laid out in squares and spacious streets. This book examines the building boom of the period, and the speculative developers who created that landscape, their

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The period between 1660-1720 witnessed the foundation of modern London. The city was transformed after the great fire from a tight warren of medieval timber-framed building into a landscape of brick houses laid out in squares and spacious streets. This book examines the building boom of the period, and the speculative developers who created that landscape, their working practices, the role of craftsmen, and the design thinking which led to the creation of a new prototype for English housing. Focusing on this period as a distinct phase in London's architectural development, this book offers a radical reinterpretation of the adoption of Renaissance styles.

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McKellar (history of art, U. of London) details the post-Fire building boom and speculative developers that transformed the city from a tight warren of medieval timber-framed buildings into a vastly expanded and regularized landscape of brick houses laid out in squares and spacious streets. Concentrating on the mass-produced houses of the middling poor, she offers information on working practices, the role of craftsmen, and the design thinking that led to the creation of a new prototype for English housing. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719040764
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
06/23/2001
Series:
Studies in Design Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth McKellar is Lecturer in Art History at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London.

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