No. 24, S/S 2006 The Origins and Evolution of “Urban Design,” 1956–2006

The Origins and Evolution of “Urban Design,” 1956–2006

No. 24

S/S 2006

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March 2006 is the fiftieth anniversary of the First Urban Design Conference at Harvard—an event that, under the leadership of José Luis Sert, marked a beginning of the self-conscious pursuit of urban design as an intellectual discipline and as a professional focus distinct from architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. This issue of Harvard Design Magazine critically examines the ideas and goals expressed in that first conference and at how those have and have not been affirmed by historical actualities since then. A recognition that, since designing a city is within no one person’s powers, urban design has to occur in more small-scale and indirect ways pervades these essays, even as they affirm the need for all design professionals to think as if they were urban designers to advance civilized life.

Table of Contents

Essays

Dirty Minimalism: The Liberation of Unimportance in Recent Dutch Architecture

Wouter Vanstiphout

Living Outside the Box: Mary Otis Stevens and Thomas McNulty’s Lincoln House

Liane Lefaivre

The Way We Were, the Way We Are: The Theory and Practice of Designing Cities since 1956

Jonathan Barnett

Assuaging Youthful Indiscretions: Gentlemen Rediscovering Urbanism

Andrés Duany

Design Will Save the World!: On Bruce Mau’s Massive Change and the Mediatization of Culture

Evonne Levy, Robert Levit

Fragmentation and Friction as Urban Threats: The Post-1956 City

Fumihiko Maki

HDM SYMPOSIUM: CAN DESIGN IMPROVE LIFE IN CITIES? Closing Comments

Alex Krieger

HDM SYMPOSIUM: CAN DESIGN IMPROVE LIFE IN CITIES? Opening Remarks

Lawrence Summers

HDM SYMPOSIUM: CAN DESIGN IMPROVE LIFE IN CITIES? Real Estate Developers' Panel

Jonathan F.P. Rose, Ronald M. Druker, Gayle Farris, Mark R. Goldweitz, Ken Hubbard, Ronald Ratner, Jerold S. Kayden

Survival in a Declining Post-Industrial City: The Case of Camden, New Jersey

Howard Gillette, Camilo José Vergara

The Elusiveness of Urban Design: The Perpetual Problems of Definition and Role

Richard Marshall

The Emergence of Urban Design in the Breakup of CIAM

Eric Mumford

Trying to Fuse Vision and Efficacy: A Review of the Symposium

Timothy Love

Unforeseen Urban Worlds: Post-1956 Phenomena

Peter G. Rowe

Urban Design at Fifty, and a Look Ahead: A Personal View

Denise Scott Brown

Where and How Does Urban Design Happen?

Alex Krieger

Reviews

Charlotte Perriand: A Life of Creation An Autobiography by Charlotte Perriand

Daniel Naegele

Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living edited by Mary McLeod

Daniel Naegele

Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City by Matthew Gandy

Robert Fishman

Gottfried Semper and the Problem of Historicism by Mari Hvattum

Christopher Long

Moment of Grace: The American City in the 1950s by Michael Johns

Marshall Berman

post ex sub dis: Urban Fragmentations and Constructions edited by the Ghent Urban Studies Team

Susannah Hagan

Roberto Burle Marx in Caracas: Parque del Este, 1956-1961 by Anita Berrizbeitia

Dean Cardasis

The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning edited by André Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Robert Alminana

Susannah Hagan
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