By Simon Richards
The concept that structures might be used to reform human behaviour and enhance society used to be basic to the 'modernist' structure and making plans of individuals like Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier and José Luis Sert within the first half the 20 th century. Their proposals for sensible zoning, multi-level shipping, high-rise residing, and machine-inspired aesthetics got here below assault from the Fifties onwards, and lots of substitute methods to structure and making plans emerged. It was once proposal that the environmental determinist strand of the discourse used to be killed off at the moment as well.
This ebook argues that it was once now not, yet to the contrary, that it has deepened and various. a number of the such a lot widespread architect-planners proceed to layout with a purpose to bettering the behaviour of person humans and of society at huge. through - and interviewing - significant figures and events of modern years in Britain, Europe and the US, together with Léon Krier, Peter Eisenman, Andrés Duany, Jane Jacobs, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, it demonstrates the myriad ways in which architect-planners search to form human behaviour via buildings.
In doing so, the publication increases know-how of this strand in the discourse and examines its diverse reasons and manifestations. It questions if it is an ineradicable and important a part of structure and making plans, or a regrettable throwback to a extra authoritarian section, discusses why is it seldom said without delay and no matter if it may be dealt with extra responsibly and with higher figuring out. Richards doesn't supply any basic recommendations yet in end, is necessary of architect-planners who abuse the rhetoric of social reform just to leverage their makes an attempt to safe construction commissions, whereas being extra sympathetic in the direction of those that seem to have a honest wish to enhance society via their buildings.
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Architect Knows Best: Environmental Determinism in Architecture Culture from 1956 to the Present (Ashgate Studies in Architecture) by Simon Richards