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Building the Urban Environment is a comparative study of the contestation among planners, policymakers, and the grassroots over the production and meaning of urban space. Award-winning historian Harold Platt presents case studies of seven cities, including Rotterdam, Chicago, and Sao Paulo, to show how, over time, urban life created hybrid spaces that transformed people, culture, and their environments. 

As Platt explains, during the post-1945 race to technological modernization, policymakers gave urban planners of the International Style extraordinary influence to build their utopian vision of a self-sustaining “organic city.” However, in the 1960s, they faced a revolt of the grassroots.  Building the Urban Environment traces the rise and fall of the Modernist planners during an era of Cold War, urban crisis, unnatural disasters, and global restructuring in the wake of the oil-energy embargo of the ’70s.

Ultimately, Platt provides a way to measure different visions of the postwar city against actual results in terms of the built environment, contrasting how each city created a unique urban space.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. I Constructing Modernism
  1. Introduction: Planners, Policy Makers, and the Grass Roots
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. 1 Growing the Organic City, 1890-1945
  2. pp. 17-53
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  1. 2 Running the Modernization Race, 1945-1960
  2. pp. 54-78
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  1. 3 Case Studies, 1945-1960
  2. pp. 79-105
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  1. II Deconstructing Modernism
  1. 4 Uprising against the Planners, 1960-1968
  2. pp. 109-129
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  1. 5 Case Studies, 1960-1968
  2. pp. 130-157
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  1. 6 Contesting the Organic City, 1968-1980
  2. pp. 158-182
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  1. 7 Case Studies, 1968-1980
  2. pp. 183-212
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  1. Conclusions
  2. pp. 213-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-301
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  1. Author Information
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439912386
Related ISBN
9781439912362
MARC Record
OCLC
1132668879
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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