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作者 Mogilevich, Mariana
書名 Designing the Urban: Space and Politics in Lindsay's New York
國際標準書號 9781267451828
book jacket
說明 327 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 73-11, Section: A, page:
Adviser: Eve Blau
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Harvard University, 2012
This dissertation investigates the politics of urbanism in New York City during the mayoral administration of John V. Lindsay (1966--1973). Historians see the end of a coherent urban vision with the downfall of urban renewal, and architectural historians have focused on speculative and utopian proposals, yet this period of turmoil was an extremely fertile one for the practice of urban design. In a critical moment of transition, with the acceleration of economic and demographic change and new demands for inclusion in the social and political life of the city by minorities, designers assumed the role of mediators between individuals and the urban environment and attempted to stabilize a shifting public realm, creating new grounds for citizenship
In their attempt to answer the crucial question of "what people really wanted" by recognizing individual subjectivity and responding to demands for civil rights, architects, landscape architects, and city administrators took two new approaches to the politics of urban design. The application of psychological concepts and experimentation in processes of democratic participation critically informed the planning, design, and evaluation of new open spaces intended to promote both inclusive democracy and individual freedom. I examine the expansion of the public realm through five case studies in open space design: a new plaza for a public housing project on the Lower East Side, a series of "vest pocket" parks, a neighborhood renewal plan in the Bronx, a regional park atop a wastewater treatment plant in Harlem, and the pedestrianization of Madison Avenue. Close attention to both design discourse and the processes of implementation in each project reveals these experiments to constitute an important lesson in the contingency of urban design. Ultimately, the dissertation traces a critical period of transition in attitudes towards the public realm, and demonstrates how the attempt to include a heterogeneous public in the production of urban space, however unintentionally, led to the fragmented and private spaces that characterize the city today
School code: 0084
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 73-11A
主題 History, United States
Urban and Regional Planning
Alt Author Harvard University. Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning
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