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Lewis Mumford and the Ecological Region: The Politics of Planning

Series: Guilford Democracy and Ecology Series

By: Mark Luccarelli

Guilford Publishing

Paperback | Dec 1996 | #107203 | ISBN: 1572302283
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Hardback | Dec 1996 | #107202 | ISBN: 1572300019
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Well known for his column in MDULThe New YorkerMDNM and his visionary political and ecological ideas, Lewis Mumford is widely regarded as one of the foremost urban critics of the century. Mumford's work, which spanned from the 1920s through the 1960s, addressed the environmental, aesthetic, and social dimensions of American culture. Clearly a man ahead of his time, he advanced a conception of regional development that balanced the needs of the social world with those of the natural ecosystem. This book first traces the development of his ideas and his work as founder of the Regional Planning Association of America (RPAA), and then explores the relevance of Mumford's vision to today's urban and environmental problems.


Introduction I. Developing a Sense of Place 1. "The Old Order and the New" 2. Defining Regionalism 3. Community and Place 4. Organicism and Planning II. Undertaking a Vision 5. "Regions--to Live In" 6. Regional Planning as "Exploration" 7. "Dinosaur Cities" 8. Planned Decentralization: The Road Not Taken 9. The RPNY and the "Ideology of Power" 10. Place and Polity in the "Neotechnic" Era Conclusion: The Relevance of Ecological Regionalism

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