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Twentieth-Century Suburbs

A Morphological Approach, 1st Edition

By C.M.H Carr, J.W.R Whitehand


232 pages

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Garden suburbs were the almost universal form of urban growth in the English-speaking world for most of the twentieth century. Their introduction was probably the most fundamental process of transformation in the physical form of the Western city since the Middle Ages.

This book describes the ways in which these suburbs were created, particularly by private enterprise in England in the 1920s and 1930s, the physical forms they took, and how they have changed over time in response to social, economic and cultural change.

Twentieth-Century Suburbs is concerned with the history, geography, architecture and planning of the ordinary suburban areas in which most British people live. It discusses the origins of suburbs; the ways in which they have been represented; the scale and causes of their growth; their form and architectural style; the landowners, builders and architects responsible for their creation; the changes they have undergone both physically and socially; and their impact on urban form and the implications for urban landscape management.


'The language of the book is clear and mercifully free of jargon' RUDI (Resource for Urban Design Information)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Conceptions of Suburbs. 2. The Scale and Causes of Suburban Growth. 3. The Anatomy of Suburbs. 4. Developers and Architects. 5. Post-War Change. 6. Change at the Microscale. 7. Conclusion. References. Index.

About the Authors

J.W.R Whitehand is a Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Birmingham. C.M.H Carr is a Lecturer in Planning at the University of Manchester.

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  • urban and regional planning
  • recent as well as longer-term history
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Within this framework the books address three themes:

  • regional, continental and comparative studies
  • planning histories of key cities
  • changing planning ideologies and policies


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