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Cut and Paste Urban Landscape: The Work of Gordon Cullen / Edition 1

Cut and Paste Urban Landscape: The Work of Gordon Cullen / Edition 1

by Mira Engler
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During the post-war era, the emerging consumer economy radically changed both the discourse and practice of architecture. It was a time where architecture became a mainstream commodity whose products sold through mass media; a time in which Thomas Gordon Cullen came to be one of Britain's best-known twentieth-century architectural draftsmen.

Despite Cullen's wide acclaim, there has been little research into his life and work; particularly his printed images and his methods of operation. This book examines Cullen's drawings and book design and also looks into his process of image making to help explain his considerable popularity and influence which continues to this day. It presents the lessons Cullen had to offer in today's design culture and practice and looks into the post-war consumerist design strategies that are still used today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138848832
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/26/2015
Series: Routledge Research in Architecture Series
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mira Engler, Ph.D, has studied landscape architecture and architecture. Her previous book, Designing America’s Waste Landscapes, explores societal and professional attitudes towards waste and the design of dumps and sewage grounds. She currently studies the relationship between landscape architecture, mass media, and visual consumer culture. Engler is a professor of landscape architecture at Iowa State University, USA.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Gordon Cullen in the Realm of Image Making and Consumer Culture 1. Publicity Drawings: "Cut-and-Paste" Cullen Style 2. Townscape Drawings: "Scaping" the Urban Landscape 3. The Book: Townscape, a New Consumer Product 4. Bountiful Offspring: Townscape Takes on a Life of Its Own Epilogue: Life after Townscape

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