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Communitas : means of livelihood and ways of life

Author: Percival Goodman; Paul Goodman; Paul Avrich Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Vintage Books, [1960, ©1947]
Series: Vintage book, v-174
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [2d ed., rev.]View all editions and formats
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The Goodman brothers see a "community plan" not as a layout of streets and houses, but as the external form of the activity going on. "It is more like a choreography of society in motion and in rest, an arrangement for society to live out its habits and ideals and do its work, directing itself or being directed." They examine in turn the three main types of plans which have emerged in the last hundred years,  Read more...
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Goodman, Percival.
Communitas; means of livelihood and ways of life.
New York, Vintage Books [1960]
(OCoLC)559282996
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Percival Goodman; Paul Goodman; Paul Avrich Collection (Library of Congress)
OCLC Number: 710701
Description: 248 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. A manual of modern plans ; The green belt --
Industrial plans --
Integrated plans --
Part II. Three community paradigms ; A city of efficient consumption --
A new community : the elimination of the difference between production and consumption --
Planned security with minimum regulation --
Conclusion --
Afterword : Communitas revisited.
Series Title: Vintage book, v-174
Responsibility: [by] Percival and Paul Goodman.

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The Goodman brothers see a "community plan" not as a layout of streets and houses, but as the external form of the activity going on. "It is more like a choreography of society in motion and in rest, an arrangement for society to live out its habits and ideals and do its work, directing itself or being directed." They examine in turn the three main types of plans which have emerged in the last hundred years, grouping them into three classes: the green belt, industrial plans, and integrated plans. The Goodmans turn then to their own, and they arrive at three completely different community formulas, with communities for efficient consumption, the elimination of the difference between production and consumption, and planned security with minimum regulation. The authors enjoy themselves working out the architectural implications of their double economy--the "production center" and minimal settlements of the subsistence economy. By the nature of their approach, they are forced to stray out of the field of town-planning into that of economics, with mixed results. However, all their suggestions release a speculative faculty in the reader's brain, and that may be the best approach to forward the building their idealized communities.

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