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The Culture of Cities. LEWIS MUMFORD. A Harvest/HBJ Book . of 'The City in History': a book whose measure has still to be taken. I n conceiving that new. 'OGRAPHERS are familiar with the. G“ works of Lewis Mumford, and it is with keen anticipation that one turns to his latest book, The City in History: Its Origins, Its. The city in history: its origins, its transformations, and its prospects / Lewis Mumford Mumford, Lewis, · View online · Borrow · download.
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It was in the midst of a similar period of disorder and violence that Sir Thomas More laid the foundations for his imaginary commonwealth: Utopia was the bridge by which he sought to span the gap between the old order of the Middle Age, and the new interests and institutions of the Renaissance. In presenting this history and criticism of utopias we are perhaps being pulled by the same interests that led Plato and More onwards, for it is only after the storm that we dare to look for the rainbow.
Our fall into a chasm of disillusion has stimulated us to discuss in a more thorough way the ultimate goods, the basic aims, the whole conception of the "good life" by which, in modern times, we have been guided.
In the midst of the tepid and half-hearted discussions that continue to arise out of prohibition laws and strikes and "peace" conferences let us break in with the injunction to talk about fundamentals—consider Utopia! In every age, the external scenery in which the human drama has been framed has remained pretty much the same.
There have been fluctuations in climate and changes in terrain; and at times a great civilization, like that of the Mayas in Central America, has arisen where now only a thick net of jungle remains; but the hills around Jerusalem are the hills that David saw; and during the historic period the drowning of a city in the Netherlands or the rise of a shifting bank of real estate along the coast of New Jersey is little more than the wearing off of the paint or a crack in the plaster.
What we call the material world constantly changes, it goes without saying: mountains are stript of trees and become wastes, deserts are plowed with water and become gardens.
The main outlines, however, hold their own remarkably well; and we could have travelled better in Roman days with a modern map than with the best chart Ptolemy could have offered us.
Osborn and introduction by Lewis Mumford, London: Faber and Faber, Philip L. University of North Carolina Press, This is not listed by Mumford, a curious and serious oversight, though Patrick Geddes in India: Lund, , is included.
Patrick Geddes, Cities in Evolution: Williams and Norgate, ; new edition, Harcourt, Brace, Robert E. Dickinson, The West European City: A Geographical Interpretation London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, ; 2d ed.
Presses Universitaires de France, Fernand Vercauteren, Etude sur les Civitates de la Belgique seconde: George A. Theodorson, ed.
Row, Peterson, , xiii and pp. Maps, diagrams, tables, bibliographies, index.
For reproductions of colored maps of selected French cities scale 1: For example, The Social Background of a Plan: Routledge and Kegan Paul, Oxford, , xiv and pp. Illustrations, maps, plans, notes and references, index. Hughes ed.
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Fawcett later wrote a well-known article on conurbations in Geographical Journal, 79 pp. Published in —4. Geddes claims that this insight was first afforded to him by William Morris in relation to the comparative cultural significance of Glasgow and Edinburgh.America in Italy: Hughes ed.
Osborn and introduction by Lewis Mumford, London: But the resulting human and economic losses, in earliest times no less than today, were out of all proportion to the tangible stakes for which they were fought.
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