Eric P. Mumford, Designing the Modern City: Urbanism Since 1850 (Yale University Press, 2018).

CANCELED: Faculty Publication Discussion: Designing the Modern City: Urbanism Since 1850

March 20, 2020
Kuehner Court, Weil Hall

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This faculty publication discussion will center on Designing the Modern City: Urbanism Since 1850 (Yale University Press, 2018), written by Eric P. Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture. The comprehensive survey traces the global history of urbanism and urban design from the industrial revolution to the present.

As part of the event, several invited panelists will share their perspectives on how architects ahve attempted to shape the form of cities under the ongoing conditions of modernization:

- Verena Andreatta, Architect and Urban Planner, Polytechnic University of Barcelona; Former Director, Municipal Secretariat of Urban Planning and Mobility of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro
- Shantel Blakely, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis
- Kenneth Frampton, the Ware Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
- Jennifer Yoos, Principal and CEO, VJAA

Each speaker will focus on how a topic from the book relates to design issues that they have addressed or considered in their practice. Robert McCarter, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture, will serve as moderator.

About the Publication

Written with an international perspective that encourages cross-cultural comparisons, leading architectural and urban historian Eric P. Mumford presents a comprehensive survey of urbanism and urban design since the industrial revolution. Beginning in the second half of the 19th century, technical, social, and economic developments set cities and the world’s population on a course of massive expansion. Mumford recounts how key figures in design responded to these changing circumstances with both practicable proposals and theoretical frameworks, ultimately creating what are now mainstream ideas about how urban environments should be designed, as well as creating the field called “urbanism.” He then traces the complex outcomes of approaches that emerged in European, American, and Asian cities.

This erudite and insightful book addresses the modernization of the traditional city, including mass transit and sanitary sewer systems, building legislation, and model tenement and regional planning approaches. It also examines the urban design concepts of groups such as CIAM (International Congresses of Modern Architecture) and Team 10, and their adherents and critics, including those of the Congress for the New Urbanism, as well as efforts toward ecological urbanism. Highlighting built as well as unbuilt projects, Mumford offers a sweeping guide to the history of designers’ efforts to shape cities.