The industrialization of the nineteenth-century European city facilitated developing conceptions of the model city, and allowed for large scale urban transformations. The urban discourse in the latter half of the nineteenth century was consequently dominated by a dialectic exchange between the ideal and the practical, a debate played out in the formation of the modern metropolis.
Manifestoes and Transformations is the first work to deal with urban utopias and their relationship with actual urban interventions. Bringing together a carefully chosen, wide-ranging team of experts, the book provides a broad, contextual exploration of the ideas and urban practices which are the foundations of our conception of the contemporary city. As such, it is a valuable resource for students interested in the formation of the modernist city.
Contents: Prologue, Christian Hermansen Cordua; Part 1 Introduction: The Context: Utopian urbanism: ideals, practices and prospects, David Pinder; News from Nowhere: a utopian dream, Edward Robbins; The word on the street: Charles Baudelaire, Jacques Offenbach and the Paris of their time, Graeme Gilloch. Part 2 Manifestoes: Urban Visions: The idea of modernity in Cerdà's Teoría General de la Urbanización, Christian Hermansen Cordua; Exporting the German model: managing urban growth at the turn of the 1900s, Karl Otto Ellefsen; Camillo Sitte: City Planning According to Artistic Principles, Vienna 1889, Ruth Hanisch; Mr Howard and the Garden City: a plain man's guide to the future, Dennis Hardy; Patrick Geddes and Cities in Evolution: the writing and the readings of an intempestive classic, Pierre Chabard. Part 3 Transformations: Urban Praxis: Making London's modernity: capital, memory and nature, Dana Arnold; Paris space: what might have constituted Haussmanization, David Van Zanten; The eixample (ensanche) of Barcelona (1859 and after): theoretical and practical paradigm, Albert Serratosa; The significance and impact of Vienna's Ringstrasse, David Frisby; Berlin 1900, Joachim Schlör; Urban planning as representation: an examination of Harald Hals' General Plan for Oslo 1929, Jonny Aspen; Epilogue, Christian Hermansen Cordua; Index.
About the Editor: Christian Hermansen Cordua is Professor and Head of the Institute of Architecture, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway
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