By Simon Richards
The concept that structures can be used to reform human behaviour and enhance society used to be primary to the 'modernist' structure and making plans of individuals like Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier and José Luis Sert within the first 1/2 the twentieth century. Their proposals for sensible zoning, multi-level shipping, high-rise residing, and machine-inspired aesthetics got here lower than assault from the Nineteen Fifties onwards, and plenty of replacement ways to structure and making plans emerged. It used to be concept that the environmental determinist strand of the discourse was once killed off at present as well.
This ebook argues that it used to be now not, yet to the contrary, that it has deepened and various. a number of the such a lot favorite architect-planners proceed to layout to be able to bettering the behaviour of person humans and of society at huge. by means of taking a look at - and interviewing - significant figures and hobbies of modern years in Britain, Europe and the United States, 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 ebook increases know-how of this strand in the discourse and examines its diverse reasons and manifestations. It questions if it is an ineradicable and necessary a part of structure and making plans, or a regrettable throwback to a extra authoritarian part, discusses why is it seldom stated at once and no matter if it can be dealt with extra responsibly and with larger figuring out. Richards doesn't offer 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 development 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