Building American Public Health: Urban Planning, Architecture, and the Quest for Better Health in the United States

Building American Public Health: Urban Planning, Architecture, and the Quest for Better Health in the United States

by R. Lopez

Hardcover(2012)

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Overview

This historical study looks at how reformers have used urban planning and architecture to improve the health of urban residents of the United States. It begins in the nineteenth century, when problems in rapidly urbanizing cities threatened to overwhelm cities, and then traces the development and impact of reform movements up through the First World War, including discussions of model tenements, the 'city beautiful' movement, tenement laws, and zoning and building codes. Midcentury design movements, such as new efforts to plan suburbs and Modernism, along with outlines of the impacts of public housing, highway building, and urban renewal, are the focus of the middle chapters of the book. The final third examines the revival of cities and the reconnection of public health with urban planning that occurred as the twentieth century ended.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137002433
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 05/04/2012
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Russell Lopez teaches Urban Environmental Health in the Boston University School of Public Health.

Table of Contents

The Urban Crisis Begins The Age of Reform Housing Laws, Zoning, and Building Codes Building a Suburban Utopia The Lessons of Modernism Public Housing Urban Renewal and Highway Construction Decline and Rise A New Age of Cities and Health Future Trends and Needs

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