A comprehensive new survey tracing the global history of urbanism and
urban design from the industrial revolution to the present. Written
with an international perspective that encourages cross-cultural
comparisons, leading architectural and urban historian Eric Mumford
presents a comprehensive survey of urbanism and urban design since the
industrial revolution. Beginning in the second half of the 19th century,
technical, social, and economic developments set cities and the world's
population on a course of massive expansion.
how key figures in design responded to these changing circumstances with
both practicable proposals and theoretical frameworks, ultimately
creating what are now mainstream ideas about how urban environments
should be designed, as well as creating the field called "urbanism." He
then traces the complex outcomes of approaches that emerged in European,
American, and Asian cities. This erudite and insightful book
addresses the modernization of the traditional city, including mass
transit and sanitary sewer systems, building legislation, and model
tenement and regional planning approaches. It also examines the urban
design concepts of groups such as CIAM (International Congresses of
Modern Architecture) and Team 10, and their adherents and critics,
including those of the Congress for the New Urbanism, as well as efforts
toward ecological urbanism.
Highlighting built as well as
unbuilt projects, Mumford offers a sweeping guide to the history of
designers' efforts to shape cities.