The Modern City Revisited by Thomas Deckker

By Thomas Deckker

The meant rationality of the city making plans of the trendy circulation encompassed numerous attitudes in the direction of background, know-how and tradition, from the imaginative and prescient of Berlin as an American city, during the dispute among the urbanists and disurbanists within the Soviet Union to the technocratic and austere imaginative and prescient of Le Corbusier. After the second one international struggle, architects tried to reconcile those utopian visions to the sensible difficulties of creating - or reconstructing - city environments, from Piero Bottoni on the Quartiere Trienale eight in Milan in 1951 to Lucio Costa at Bras'lia in 1957. within the Seventies, the cave in of Modernism led to universial condemnation of recent urbanism; city planning,and rationality itself, have been thrown into doubt. besides the fact that, any such wholesale condemnation hides the complicated realities underlying those sleek towns. The participants outline a few of the theoretical foundations of contemporary city making plans, and re-examine the successes and the mess ups of the outfitted effects. The booklet ends with contrasting perspectives of the inheritance of recent urbanism within the usa and the Netherlands.

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63 In mid-April, however, Chernya insisted that We are not arguing with comrade Okhitovich about the future. Within research institutes it is entirely appropriate to debate the concrete form of human settlement under socialism, under communism. But to propose (disurbanisation) in public meetings as a concrete form for the present day is to be occupied with a fruitless utopia, with harmful fantasies unrelated to reality. 10 The Disurbanist ‘ribbon of settlement’. 11 The Disurbanist ‘ribbon of settlement’.

10). They had taken over that conception from Martin Wagner himself. At the west front of Potsdamer Platz, Wagner, in his draft design, had projected a high-rise building, which would replace the famous Josty coffee-shop, the meeting point of the Berlin intelligentsia. The tower house as a point de vue of the Leipziger Strasse shows the traditional link of that conception with projects which were launched by Hermann Schmitz in the Greater Berlin competition in 1910. 7 Marcel Breuer: proposal for the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin 1929 able to find an adequate modern solution for the edge of the place, as Mendelsohn had done.

19 Alan Balfour: Berlin. 119. 131–9. 384. 2 Cities of socialism Technology and ideology in the Soviet Union in the 1920s Catherine Cooke In the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s, the Soviet Union underwent a programme of urban development and new-town construction on a scale unimaginable in Europe. 1 In urban planning and management, as in industry, Russia’s own ‘reserves of knowledge’ were modest, and after ten years lost in revolution and civil war, that knowledge was outdated and the fabric appallingly run down.

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