[Reading] ➶ The City In History By Lewis Mumford – Turboville.co.uk

The City In History Reviewing such a monumental book is in of itself a monumental task, one for which no one is up to task, least of all me There are many observations that you will simply not find in here No review, no summary, could ever substitute reading this book.The best one sentence summary of the book is given by this sentence When both the evil and the remedy are indistinguishable, one may be sure that a deep seated process is at work p 544To give a sense of scale to each potential reader the bo Reviewing such a monumental book is in of itself a monumental task, one for which no one is up to task, least of all me There are many observations that you will simply not find in here No review, no summary, could ever substitute reading this book.The best one sentence summary of the book is given by this sentence When both the evil and the remedy are indistinguishable, one may be sure that a deep seated process is at work p 544To give a sense of scale to each potential reader the boo This has everything I do not want to write anything. Lewis Mumford s The City in History is great fun to read He provides a dazzling show of erudition moving from De Tocqueville to Gilgamesh to Frederick Law Olmsted to Proust and to Vitruvius with dazzling speed somehow always tying his eclectic stable of references into a coherent narrative history In my case the pleasure of was greatly enhanced by the fact that my prejudices in most instances with those of Mumford which are 1 The Urban Sprawl of the twentieth century was out of control with Lewis Mumford s The City in History is great fun to read He provides a dazzling show of erudition moving from De Tocqueville to Gilgamesh to Frederick Law Olmsted to Proust and to Vitruvius with dazzling speed somehow always tying his eclectic stable of references into a coherent narrative history In my case the pleasure of was greatly enhanced by the fact that my prejudices in most instances with those of Mumford which are 1 The Urban Sprawl of the twentieth century was o Possibly the most valuable book I have read An education in what a city should be. This book s importance is mainly historical As a work of urban planning analysis and history, it is a failure The City in History was written in an era when hand waving and appeal to common knowledge were acceptable ways to argue a point There is little to no primary source information or data to support Mumford s claims about the causes or impacts of various elements in the evolution of urban design E.g on p 448 9 he points to the addition of new crops to the food supply as a key force This book s importance is mainly historical As a work of urban planning analysis and history, it is a failure The City in History was wr At a basic level, the book largely consists of the ramblings of a technophobe advocating the humanization of technology as if there were anythingeminently human than technology Solutions to the city s woes housing, congestion are not provided, nor even suggested, but criticism is freely dished out As others have pointed out, Mumford was an advocate of the medieval city, and aorganic approach to city planning, as opposed to theformalistic baroque, and indeed contemporary At a basic level, the book largely consists of the ramblings of a technophobe advocating the humanization of technology as if there were anythingeminently human than technology Solutions to the city s woes housing, congestion are not provided, nor even suggested, but criticism is freely dished out As others have pointed out, Mumford was an advocate of the medieval city, and aorganic approach to city planning, as opposed to theformalistic baroque, and indeed contemporary, method of planning cities Some interesting points are made regarding the direct relationship of population densities and transportation congestion, or the role of the citadel and city walls in ancient cities However, unfortunately, the book manages to branch out to topics only tange It s an obligation to read this book for every urban researcher to know what innovative thoughts are just reinventions of ones in the past. 1961 Copyright Harvest Book by Harcourt, Inc 575 pagesSummary The author describes the design of cities in Europe and the USA as a place for humans to live by periods ancient pre historical Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete , classical historical, Greece and Rome medieval 8th to 16 centuries , baroque 16 18th centuries, the industrial revolution , suburbia and contemporary up to 1960 His descriptions include economic, religious, military and ethnic factors that influence the development of citi 1961 Copyright Harvest Book by Harcourt, Inc 575 pagesSummary The author describes the design of cities in Europe and the USA as a place for humans to live by periods an The City S Development From Ancient Times To The Modern Age Winner Of The National Book Award One Of The Major Works Of Scholarship Of The Twentieth Century Christian Science Monitor Index Illustrations. Lewis Mumford tells us about the spiritual and cosmic origins of the city so that we can get a handle on how we can best forge the city of tomorrow To do that, he must scope out all of Western history, denoting where the city has been and what it could possibly become All that said, this was a long and often laborious read that has left me in many ways a bitbefuddled than illuminated Mumford s own words often take off in poetic flights of fancy that are heroic or elegiac they are beaut Lewis Mumford tells us about the spiritual and cosmic origins of the city so that we can get a handle on how we can best forge the city of tomorrow To do that, he must scope out all of Western history, denoting where the city has been and what it could possibly become All that said, this was a long and often laborious read that has left me in many ways a bitbefuddled than illuminated Mumford s own words often take off in poetic flights of fa


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