Urban Design since 1850

More notes from Architecture, You and Me by Siegfried Giedion (found in a second hand bookshop in 2005). This time it’s the recounting of a delightful list of important urban design developments since 1850 – books and building – according to Mr Giedion.

The New Urbanists amongst you may find the regular appearance of Corb a little upsetting. Nevertheless it’s a useful reference with many projects that deserve further investigation. I’ll be adding notes and links in the coming months to a wiki page: no2self.net/wiki. Feel free to edit it as well.

  • 1856-1867 The Public Squares of Paris – Alphonse Alphand
  • 1857-1860 Central Park, New York – Frederick Law Olmsted
  • 1882 The Linear City – Arturo Soria y Mata
  • 1889 The Art of Building Cities – Camillo Sitte
  • 1898 Garden Cities of Tomorrow – Ebenezer Howard
  • 1901 The Industrial City – Tony Garnier
  • 1901 Housing Legislation in Holland
  • 1915 Cities in Evolution – Patrick Geddes
  • 1920 Welwyn Garden City, England – Raymond Unwin
  • 1922 Plan Voisin, Paris – Le Corbusier
  • 1927 Weissenhof Housing Project, Stuttgart
  • 1927 Roemerstadt, Frankfort – Ernst May
  • 1928 Dammerstock Housing Project, Karlsruhe – Walter Gropius
  • 1929 Siemenstadt, Berlin – Walter Gropius
  • 1929 Radburn, New Jersey – Henry Wright and Clarence Stein
  • 1929 The Neighbourhood Unit – Clarence Perry
  • 1933 The “Charte D’Athenes” – CIAM 4
  • 1934 Broadacre City – Frank Lloyd Wright
  • 1935 La Ville Radieuse – Le Corbusier
  • 1938 Culture of Cities – Lewis Mumford
  • 1944 The Greater London Plan – Patrick Abercrombie
  • 1945 Saint-Die, Vosges, France – Le Corbusier
  • 1948 Harlow New Town, England – Frederick Gibberd
  • 1948 Chimbote, Peru – P.L.Wiener and J.L.Sert
  • 1951 Chandigargh, Punjab, India – Le Corbusier
  • 1951 The Core of the City – CIAM 8
  • 1952 Vallingby, Sweden – Sven Markelius
  • 1953 Back Bay Center, Boston, Massachusetts – Walter Gropius and others
  • 1956 Alexander Polder, Holland – R.Bakema and Group OPBOUW
  • 1956 Southdale Shopping Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Victor Gruen
  • 1956 Lafayette Park, Detroit, Michigan – Mies van der Rohe
  • 1957 Brazilia, Brazil

And then the book was published in 1958. So where do we go from there? Answers on a postcard please, I’m off to compile a list from 1958 onwards.

One Response

  1. architechnophilia
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    I love it, off the bat the ones that come readily to mind are

    1983 Parc de la Villette, Paris – Tschymi
    1984 – 1991 Seaside – Duany, Plater-Zybec, etc
    1996 Centennial Olympic Park – Georgia World Congress Center Authority
    2000-2002 Yokohama International Port Terminal – Foriegn Office Architects
    2005 EcoBoulevard, Madrid – Ecosistema Urbano
    2004 – present The High Line, Manhattan, NYC – Field Operations & Diller Scofidio Renfro

    I think some of the inclusions may not be built space rather strategies and policies for instance US disabilities discrimation act 1995

    Also many apologies but I’ve extended this discussion to archinect…I have a passion about urban design and consider the dark art of architecture

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