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- DescriptionBuilding 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 techlogical 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.
- Author BiographyHarold L. Platt is Professor of History Emeritus at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author or editor of several volumes, including Shock Cities: The Environmental Transformation and Reform of Manchester and Chicago, which won the Abel Wolman Award.
- Author(s)Harold L. Platt
- PublisherTemple University Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication26/10/2015
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Series TitleUrban Life, Landscape and Policy
- Place of PublicationPhiladelphia PA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTemple University Press,U.S.
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight567 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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