‘The first modern townscape’?: The Festival of Britain, townscape and new picturesque

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The history of post Second World War reconstruction has recently become an important field of research around the world;Alternative Visions of Post-War Reconstructionis a provocative work that questions the orthodoxies of twentieth century design history. This book provides a key critical statement on mid-twentieth century urban design and city planning, focused principally upon the period between the start of the Second World War to the mid-sixties. The various figures and currents covered here represent a largely overlooked field within the history of 20th century urbanism. In this period while certain modernist practices assumed an institutional role for post-war reconstruction and flourished into the mainstream, such practices also faced opposition and criticism leading to the production of alternative visions and strategies. Spanning from a historically-informed modernism to the increasing presence of urban conservation the contributors examine these alternative approaches to the city and its architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlternative visions of post-war reconstruction: creating the modern townscape
EditorsJ. Pendlebury, E. Erten, P. Larkham
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic) 9781315779164
ISBN (Print)9780415587358, 9780415587341
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2014


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