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

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Lewis Mumford and American Modernism examines the career and writings of America's leading critic of architecture and urbanism. The author of numerous books on the history of architecture, Mumford focused on the roles that technology and urbanism have played in modern civilization. Indeed, his writings have proved to be prescient, forming the basis for architecture and urban planning at a time of transition and redefinition at the end of the twentieth century.

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"...Mumford's intellectual formation and professional career, the development and the content of his thoughts about American architectural criticism, and urban development, and his involvement in various planning initiatives are clearly presented and quite clearly and pithily set in the context of contemporaneous events." Choice

"...readers may find entertainment and insight in this volume....it is broad in scope, chronologically organized, and clearly written, it touches upon a great many topics which are already of interest to many architectural historians and students of American culture." Joan Draper, Journal of the Society of Architectural History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521639248
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2009
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the story of Mumford's Eutopia; Part I. The Education of a Critic: Part II. The Study of Architectural History: Part III. Towards an Organic Architectural Criticism: Part IV. Building the Regional City: Conclusion: Lewis Mumford, 1895–1990.

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