Postmodern Urbanism

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Princeton Architectural Press, 1999 - Architecture - 392 pages
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Like a good city, Postmodern Urbanism can be read from many perspectives as a rich conversation of world views, languages, and artifacts....It's a generous and thoughtful piece of scholarship which is unlikely to be superseded."-Charles Jencks
Since the 1960s, many architects and urban planners have reacted against the drab universalism and inhuman scale of modern architecture and urbanism, seeking instead to recover a sense of community and place. It is apparent to these architects and planners, as well as segments of the general public, that something needs to be done to improve the physical landscape and the sense of desolation it arouses. Efforts to do so have been grouped under the rubric "postmodern urbanism." While this late- twentieth-century quest for meaning has elicited nostalgia for cities of the past, it has not been accompanied by a desire to relinquish technological innovations that raise the standard of living, or the pursuit of progress and modernity.
Postmodern Urbanism examines these important and complex issues that directly affect our cities and neighborhoods in a book that has been widely heralded for its clarity and insight.
 

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Contents

THE ROMANTIC RESURGENCE
15
URBAN DESIGN THEORY ON THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT
22
THE ANGLOAMERICAN AXIS
60
THE POSTMODERN REFLEX j
124
THEMES OF POSTMODERN URBANISM
154
CONTINUED OR ABANDONED? I
205
CRISIS IN THE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSION
234
RECONCEIVING THE CITY AND CULTURE
267
Appendix A The Pendular Swing
297
Appendix B Timeline of Postmodern Urbanism
308
References
335
Index
380
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About the author (1999)

Nan Ellin is the director of the Ph.D. program at the College of Design at Arizona State University, the editor of "Architecture of Fear", and the associate editor of the forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Urban Studies".

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