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Inhaltsangabe: This volume brings together representative selections of Lewis Mumford's major writings on the central concerns of his life. Praised by Malcolm Cowley as "the last of the great humanists, " Mumford (1895-1990) produced a body of cultural criticism and commentary that for its range and richness is unmatched in modern American letters. Author of countless articles and more than thirty books - including the landmark works The Culture of the Cities and The City in History - Mumford is arguably this century's foremost architectural critic. In addition, he shaped some of the most important public policy debates of our time, writing with vigor on such issues as urban development, transportation policy, land planning, the environment, nuclear disarmament, and the problems and promises of technology.
Rezension: The great architectural critic, historian, and urban planner Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was no uncritical fan of city life, although most of his own days were spent in and around New York. Taking a long view of human history, he determined that the mechanization and materialism on which cities thrived were agents of alienation, and that most of the inventions of modern times were at root just shoddy gewgaws. Writing in The New Yorker and other journals, he praised the better aspects of the metropolis--the stunning beauty, for instance, of the Brooklyn Bridge--arguing always that technology ought to serve one overarching end, namely "the continued growth of human personalities and the cultivation of the best life possible."
Mumford wrote more than 30 books and thousands of essays and articles, of which only a small but nicely representative sampling is included in this anthology of his work. Some of the ideas the reader will encounter are scarcely more than pet peeves (Mumford complains, for instance, that for all our technological sophistication our designers can't get the height of a toilet right); others, pointing the way toward the ideal city and a healthy relationship between the metropolis and the surrounding countryside, shimmer like great intellectual cathedrals.
For readers seeking an introduction to Mumford's work and thought, this book fills the bill exactly. --Gregory McNamee
Titel: The Lewis Mumford Reader
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Buchbeschreibung Pantheon. Hardcover. Buchzustand: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2697252539
Buchbeschreibung Pantheon. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fair. Buchnummer des Verkäufers G0394555260I5N00
Buchbeschreibung Pantheon, 1986. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. NOT ex-library. Previous owner's inscription inside front. Clean and tight. Sources and index. Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0000311922
Buchbeschreibung Pantheon, New York, 1986. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Light edgewear and rubbing to DJ. Faint sticker stain to top corner of DJ front panel. Very light edgewear to binding. Remainder markings on top edge of page block. Remains tightly bound with unmarked contents. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 131796
Buchbeschreibung Pantheon. Buchzustand: Good. . Very Good dust jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Q05F-00176
Buchbeschreibung Pantheon, 1986. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0394555260
Buchbeschreibung Pantheon. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. 0394555260 Like New Condition. Buchnummer des Verkäufers LN6.0191605
Buchbeschreibung Pantheon, 1986. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020394555260
Buchbeschreibung Pantheon, 1986. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Like New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P010394555260
Buchbeschreibung Pantheon, 1986. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GD-139-06-8757308