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Shaping American democracy : landscapes and urban design

Author: Scott M Roulier
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book argues that the design of built spaces influences civic attitudes, including prospects for social equality and integration, in America. Key American architects and planners?including Frederick Law Olmsted, Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Moses, and the New Urbanists?not only articulated unique visions of democracy in their extensive writings, but also instantiated those ideas in physical form. Using criteria  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott M Roulier
ISBN: 9783319688107 3319688103 331968809X 9783319688091
OCLC Number: 1015215347
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 1. American Democracy and Its Spaces: An Introduction --
2. American Pastoral: Jefferson?s Agrarian Republic --
3. Democracy Gone Wild: Thoreau and the Wilderness Tradition --
4. Olmsted?s Public Parks: Civic-Spirited Design --
5. Democracy and Individuality: Frank Lloyd Wright?s Broadacres and the Burbs --
6. Democratic Ambivalence: Robert Moses and Modernist Urban Planning --
7. Democracy and Civic Ecology: New Urbanism --
8. Democratic Designs: A Multipronged Approach --
9. Conclusion.#xE000.
Responsibility: Scott M. Roulier.

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This book argues that the design of built spaces influences civic attitudes, including prospects for social equality and integration, in America. Key American architects and planners?including Frederick Law Olmsted, Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Moses, and the New Urbanists?not only articulated unique visions of democracy in their extensive writings, but also instantiated those ideas in physical form. Using criteria such as the formation of social capital, support for human capabilities, and environmental sustainability, the book argues that the designs most closely associated with a communally-inflected version of democracy, such as Olmsted's public parks or various New Urbanist projects, create conditions more favorable to human flourishing and more consistent with a democratic society than those that are individualistic in their orientation, such as urban modernism or most suburban forms.

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