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The Lewis Mumford decades: Studies in Architectural history, criticism, and urbanism, 1922-1962


1990 1990

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Between 1922 and 1962, Lewis Mumford was America's most important and influential architectural critic. While he was a self-described "generalist" whose interests covered a vast intellectual territory, his most lasting distinction has been as an observer of the built environment. Mumford chronicled the birth and adolescence of the modern movement in the United States, exploring its indigenous sources along with contemporary European developments. In Sticks and Stones (1924) and The Brown Decades (1931), he broke new ground in the history of late-nineteenth-century American architecture. Mumford reached an even broader audience through "The Sky Line" and "The Art Galleries," columns which he wrote for The New Yorker. He stressed social as well as esthetic concerns in his criticism, believing that the basis of an "organic" American architecture lay not in the creation of a modern style, but in its adaptation to human need. As the collective focus of civilization, the city occupied a special place in Mumford's architectural history and criticism. A follower of both Patrick Geddes and Ebenezer Howard, Mumford was the foremost advocate in the United States of garden cities closely integrated with their surrounding regions. This dissertation examines Mumford's multi-dimensional career as an art and architectural historian, critic, and urbanologist. More than any other intellectual observer, his writings reveal the complexity of architectural thought and practice during this period.

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Subject
Architecture;
American studies;
Urban planning;
Area planning & development;
Biographies
Classification
0729: Architecture
0323: American studies
0999: Urban planning
0999: Area planning & development
0304: Biographies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts, Social sciences, Language, literature and linguistics
Title
The Lewis Mumford decades: Studies in Architectural history, criticism, and urbanism, 1922-1962
Author
Wojtowicz, Robert
Number of pages
693
Publication year
1990
Degree date
1990
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 51/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Brownlee, David B.
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9026671
ProQuest document ID
303853319
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303853319
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