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Boom cities : architect-planners and the politics of radical urban renewal in 1960s Britain

Author: Otto Saumarez Smith
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Boom Cities' is the first published history of the profound transformations of British city centres in the 1960s. It has often been said that urban planners did more damage to Britain's cities than even the Luftwaffe had managed, and this study details the rise and fall of modernist urban planning, revealing its origins and the dissolution of the cross-party consensus, before the ideological smearing that has ever  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Otto Saumarez Smith
ISBN: 0198836406 9780198836407
OCLC Number: 1048125691
Description: x, 198 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Optimism, traffic, and the historic city in post-war British planning --
Blue, white, and red heat: central government and city-centre redevelopment --
Blackburn goes pop: city-centre redevelopment in a provincial city --
Planning for affluence: Graeme Shankland and the political culture of the British Left --
Modernism in an old country: Lionel Brett, an establishment architect-planner --
The trajectory of central-area redevelopment.
Responsibility: Otto Saumarez Smith.

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In this volume, Otto Saumarez Smith recounts the fraught history of the urban development of British city centres in the 1960s, uncovering the planning philosophy, and the political, cultural, and  Read more...

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"In his meticulous new book Boom Cities, Otto Saumarez Smith wishes us to understand British architect-planners' activities in the 1960s and respect their objectives." - Will Self, Prospect Magazine Read more...

 
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