New Towns for Old: Achievements in Civic Improvement in Some American Small Towns and Neighborhoods

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1927 - Architecture - 228 pages
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John Nolen (1869-1937) was a pioneer in the development of professional town and city planning in the United States. Nolen's comprehensive approach merged the social, economic, and physical aspects of planning while emphasizing, in the author's words, "versatility, special knowledge, and cooperation." Between 1905 and 1937, Nolen's firm, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, completed more than 350 commissions throughout the United States. Among the best known of these is Mariemont, Ohio, whose development Nolen directed from the ground up.

Rare and long out of print, New Towns for Old (1927) is still of great interest to planners and urban historians. The well-illustrated study contains an overview of the development of American urbanism and a concise discussion of Nolen's ideas for the improvement of towns and cities. Individual chapters examine a variety of towns planned by Nolen including Mariemont, Ohio; Kingsport, Tennessee; and Kistler, Pennsylvania, as well as the new suburbs of Union Park Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware, and Myers Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. The re-planned towns of Cohasset and Walpole, Massachusetts, are also featured. The forward-looking final chapter includes material on Venice, Florida, one of Nolen's most ambitious projects.

The new edition of New Towns for Old contains additional plans and illustrations, a new index, and a new introductory essay by Charles D. Warren, which presents biographical and historical context that illuminates the diverse, productive career of this nationally significant practitioner. Perhaps most significantly, it features Nolen's project list, which has never before been published.

Published in association with Library of American Landscape History: http://lalh.org/
 

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CHARLES D. WARREN is an architect whose projects have been featured in publications in the U.S. and in Europe. He was the Muschenheim fellow at the University of Michigan, where he taught architectural design and theory, and he has taught design studios at Catholic University in Washington and the Institute for Classical Architecture in New York. In addition to his practice Warren has written for magazines and journals and authored the introduction to the new edition of The Architecture of Charles A. Platt . He served as Town Architect in Seaside Florida in the early '90s.

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