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THE MODERN URBAN LANDSCAPE: 1880 TO THE PRESENT. New edition. E.C. Relph. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2016. Original edition published 1987. 288 pp. with 95 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781421421506 In English.
Publisher's description: For E. C. Relph, the landscape of late twentieth-century cities must be envisioned as a total environment -- not just streets and buildings but billboards and parking meters as well. The Modern Urban Landscape traces the developments since 1880 in architecture, technology, planning, and society that have formed the visual context of daily life. Each of these shaping influences is often viewed in isolation, but Relph surveys the ways in which they have operated independently to create what we see when we walk down a street, shop in a mall, or stare through a windshield on an expressway. Two sets of ideas and fashions, Relph argues, have had an especially important impact on urban landscapes in the twentieth century. An "internationalism" made possible by new building technologies and design ideologies has replaced regional style and custom as the dominant feature of city appearance, while a firm belief in the merits of self-consciousness has imposed logical analysis and technical manipulation on such commonplace objects as curbstones and park benches. This edition features a new preface in which the author identifies the major visible changes in urban landscapes over the past thirty years, including destination architecture, coffee shops, condominium towers, revitalized downtown streets, and the creation of edge cities.
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Worldwide Number: 175129
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