Lewis Mumford and American Modernism: Eutopian Theories for Architecture and Urban Planning

Lewis Mumford and American Modernism: Eutopian Theories for Architecture and Urban Planning

by Robert Wojtowicz
     
 

Lewis Mumford and American Modernism examines the career and writings of America's leading critic of architecture and criticism. The author of numerous books and articles and regular columnist for the New Yorker, Mumford focused on the roles that architecture, technology, and urbanism play in modern civilization. Although a key figure in the introduction of European… See more details below

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Lewis Mumford and American Modernism examines the career and writings of America's leading critic of architecture and criticism. The author of numerous books and articles and regular columnist for the New Yorker, Mumford focused on the roles that architecture, technology, and urbanism play in modern civilization. Although a key figure in the introduction of European ideas to the United States, he sought an American basis for modern architecture. Mumford was one of the first to write appreciatively of the achievements of the Chicago School, and he was a fervent supporter of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose buildings embodied the organic qualities that Mumford admired. Indeed, Mumford's writings have proved to be prescient, posing many challenging questions for architects and planners in a period of transition at the end of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521639248
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2009
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Story of Mumford's "Eutopia"1
1The Education of a Critic6
2The Study of Architectural History43
3Toward an Organic Architectural Criticism74
4Building the Regional City113
Conclusion: Lewis Mumford, 1895-1990161
Notes165
Bibliography195
Index209

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