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Author Name:    BUDER, Stanley

Title:   Visionaries and Planners : The Garden City Movement and the Modern Community. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Oxford University Press, New York / Oxford, 1990, ISBN:0195061748 

Seller ID:   114635

BUDER, Stanley. Visionaries and Planners : The Garden City Movement and theModern Community. New York / Oxford Oxford University Press, 1990. First P rinting. Pp (6),[vii]-xii,(4),3-260,+ 14 pp plates. 8vo, green cloth spine,light green paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. "In 1898, the t hen unknown Ebenezer Howard proposed 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 urbanchanges and the rise of the suburbs. 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 this interconnected history, Stanley Buder examines the influence, strengths, and limitations. Howard's Garden City movement in the United States and Britain. 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 the history of modern planning from the nineteenth-century world of visionaries, philanthropy, and self help into our own with its reliance on the expert, bureaucracy, and governmental policy. He saheds 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." (from the dj). Contents : 1. An Inward Quest; 2. Land Reform in an Urban Age; 3. Ebenezer Howard and Hard Times; 4. The American Cooperative Commonwealth; 5. Toward a New Urban Vision: Howard in the 1890s; 6. The Search for Environment; 7. The Buildingof a Garden City, 1899-1920; 8. The Garden City and Town Planning, 1903-19 18; 9. Howard and Welwyn Garden City, 1910-1940; 10. The International Movement, 1900-1940; 11. The Garden City Movement in America, 1900-1941; 12. British New Towns, 1945-1980; 13. The Future of the Garden City; Notes; Bibliographical Essay; Index. Very good in dustjacket. 50.00


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