First published in 1987, this book provides a wide-ranging account of how modern cities have come to look as they do — differing radically from their predecessors in their scale, style, details and meanings. It uses many illustrations and examples to explore the origins and development of specific landscape features. More generally it traces the interconnected changes which have occurred in architecture and aesthetic fashions, in planning, in economic and social conditions, and which together have created the landscape that now prevails in most of the cities of the world. This book will be of interest to students of architecture, urban studies and geography.
Preface; 1. Introduction 2. Looking Back at the Future: Landscapes in the 1890s 3. Old Styles and New Forms in Architecture: 1880-1930 4. The Invention of Modern Town Planning 5. Ordinary Landscapes of the First Machine Age: 1900-1940 6. Modernism and Internationalism in Architecture 1900-1940 7. Landscapes in an Age of Illusions: 1930 to the Present 8. Planning the Segregated City 1945-1975 9. The Corporatisation of Cities: 1945- 10. Modernist and Late-Modernist Architecture: 1945- 11. Post-Modernism in Planning and Architecture: 1970- 12. Modernist Cityscapes and Post-Modernist Townscapes; Bibliography; Index