Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism

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Jonathan Hughes, Simon Sadler
Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Architecture - 243 pages
Non-Plan explores ways of involving people in the design of their environments - a goal which transgresses political categories of 'right' and 'left'. Attempts to circumvent planning bureaucracy and architectural inertia have ranged from free-market enterprise zones, to self-build housing, and from squatting to sophisticated technologies of prefabrication. Yet all have shared in a desire to let people shape the built environment they want to live and work in.

How can buildings better reflect the needs of their inhabitants? How can cities better facilitate the work and recreation of their many populaces? Modernism had promised a functionalist approach to resolving the architectural needs of the twentieth-century, yet the design of cities and buildings often appears to confound the needs of those who use them - their design and layout being highly regulated by restrictive legislation, planning controls and bureaucracy.

Non-Plan considers the theoretical and conceptual frameworks within which architecture and urbanism have sought to challenge entrenched boundaries of control, focusing on the architectural history of the post-war period to the present day. This provocative book will be of interest to architects, planners and students of architecture, design, town-planning and architectural history. Its contributors include architects, critics and historians, including many whose work helped shape the Non-Plan debate during the period.


List of contributors: Cedric Price, Benjamin Franks, Elizabeth Lebas, Eleonore Kofman, Ben Highmore, Yona Friedman, Paul Barker, Clara Greed, Barry Curtis, Colin Ward, Ian Horton, John Beck, Chinedu Umenyilora and Malcolm Miles.
 

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Contents

THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE
2
CEDRIC PRICES NONPLAN DIARY
22
NEW RIGHTNEW LEFT AN ALTERNATIVE EXPERIMENT IN FREEDOM
32
ANARCHY AND ARCHITECTURE A PERSONAL RECORD
44
THE HEART OF THE CITY
52
PERVASION OF THE PICTURESQUE ENGLISH ARCHITECTURAL AESTHETICS AND LEGISLATION 19451965
66
RECOVERY AND REAPPROPRIATION IN LEFEBVRE AND CONSTANT
80
THE INDETERMINATE BUILDING
90
OPEN ENDS THE SOCIAL VISIONS OF 1960S NONPLANNING
138
THE DEATH OF THE PLANNER? PARIS CIRCA 1968
156
AFTER NONPLAN RETRENCHMENT AND REASSERTION
166
CAN MAN PLAN? CAN WOMAN PLAN BETTER?
184
LIVING LIGHTLY ON THE EARTH
198
EMPOWERING THE SELFBUILDER
210
TOWARDS AN UNORIGINAL ARCHITECTURE
222
PARASITE
232

FUNCTION FOLLOWS FORM
104
BUCKMINSTER FULLER AND THE POLITICS OF SHELTER
116
OFF THE MAP
126

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