Visionaries and Planners: The Garden City Movement and the Modern Community / Edition 1

Visionaries and Planners: The Garden City Movement and the Modern Community / Edition 1

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by Stanley Buder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195061748

ISBN-13: 9780195061741

Pub. Date: 07/28/1990

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

For nearly a century the Garden City movement has represented one end of a continuum in an ongoing debate about the future of the modern city. In 1898 Ebenezer Howard envisioned an experimental community as the alternative to huge, teeming cities. Small, planned "garden cities" girdled by greenbelts were to serve in time as the "master key" to a

Overview

For nearly a century the Garden City movement has represented one end of a continuum in an ongoing debate about the future of the modern city. In 1898 Ebenezer Howard envisioned an experimental community as the alternative to huge, teeming cities. Small, planned "garden cities" girdled by greenbelts were to serve in time as the "master key" to a higher, more cooperative stage of civilization based on ecologically balanced communities. Howard soon founded an international planning movement which ever since has represented a remarkable blend of accommodation to and protest against urban changes and the rise of the suburbs. In this interconnected history of the Garden City movement in the United States and Britain, Buder examines its influence, strengths and limitations. Howard's garden city, he shows, joined together two very different types of late-nineteenth-century experimental communities, creating a tension never fully resolved. One approach, utopian and radical in nature, challenged conventional values; the other, the model industrial towns of "enlightened" capitalists, reinforceed them. Buder traces this tension through planning history from the nineteenth-century world of visionaries, philanthropy, and self help into our own with its reliance on the expert, bureaucracy, and governmental policy, shedding light on the complex changes in the way we have thought in the twentieth century about community, urban design, and indeed the process of change. His final chapters examine the world-wide enthusiasm for "New Towns" between 1945-1975 and recent political and social trends which challenge many fundamental assumptions of modern planning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195061741
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1990
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

1.An Inward Quest3
2.Land Reform in an Urban Age14
3.Ebenezer Howard and Hard Times26
4.The American Cooperative Commonwealth38
5.Toward a New Urban Vision: Howard in the 1890s54
6.The Search for Environment64
7.The Building of a Garden City, 1899-192077
8.The Garden City and Town Planning, 1903-191896
9.Howard and Welwyn Garden City, 1910-1940116
10.The International Movement, 1900-1940133
11.The Garden City Movement in America, 1900-1941157
12.British New Towns, 1945-1980181
13.The Future of the Garden City199
Notes217
Bibliographical Essay249
Index251

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