10 thoughts on “The City In History

  1. Andrew Andrew says:

    Mumford is, in many ways, a total precursor to the postmodernists He maintains a skepticism towards Enlightenment as well as a strong respect for the subjective, vital forces of humanity Like any good contemporary social thinker, he recognizes that the parsing of culture into numeric bits and pieces is only one among many methods of attaining knowledge.There s a certain Eurocentrism which is to be expected for a


  2. Loránd Loránd says:

    Reviewing such a monumental book is in of itself a monumental task, one for which no one is up to task, least of all me There are many observations that you will simply not find in here No review, no summary, could ever substitute reading this book.The best one sentence summary of the book is given by this sentence When both the evil and the remedy are indistinguishable, one may be sure that a deep seated process is at


  3. Czarny Pies Czarny Pies says:

    Lewis Mumford s The City in History is great fun to read He provides a dazzling show of erudition moving from De Tocqueville to Gilgamesh to Frederick Law Olmsted to Proust and to Vitruvius with dazzling speed somehow always tying his eclectic stable of references into a coherent narrative history In my case the pleasure of was greatly enhanced by the fact that my prejudices in most instances with those of Mumford which are 1 T


  4. Matt Matt says:

    Possibly the most valuable book I have read An education in what a city should be.


  5. Shreedhar Manek Shreedhar Manek says:

    This has everything I do not want to write anything .


  6. Val Val says:

    At a basic level, the book largely consists of the ramblings of a technophobe advocating the humanization of technology as if there were anythingeminently human than technology Solutions to the city s woes housing, congestion are not provided, nor even suggested, but criticism is freely dished out As others have pointed out, Mumford was an advocate of the medieval city, and aorganic approach to city planning, as opposed to theformalistic baroque, and


  7. Nicholas Moryl Nicholas Moryl says:

    This book s importance is mainly historical As a work of urban planning analysis and history, it is a failure The City in History was written in an era when hand waving and appeal to common knowledge were acceptable ways to argue a point There is little to no primary source information or data to support Mumford s claims about the causes or impacts of various elements in the evolution of urban design E.g on p 448 9 he points to the addition of new crops to th


  8. Piotr Smolnicki Piotr Smolnicki says:

    It s an obligation to read this book for every urban researcher to know what innovative thoughts are just reinventions of ones in the past.


  9. Michael Holm Michael Holm says:

    1961 Copyright Harvest Book by Harcourt, Inc 575 pagesSummary The author describes the design of cities in Europe and the USA as a place for humans to live by periods ancient pre historical Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete , classical historical, Greece and Rome medieval 8th to 16 centuries , baroque 16 18th centuries, the industrial revolution , suburbia and contemporary up to 1960 His descriptions include economic, religious, military and ethnic factors that influence the development of citi 1961 Copyright Harvest Book by Harcourt, Inc 575 pagesSummary The author describes the design of cities in Europe and the USA as a place for humans to live by periods an...


  10. Jon Jon says:

    Lewis Mumford tells us about the spiritual and cosmic origins of the city so that we can get a handle on how we can best forge the city of tomorrow To do that, he must scope out all of Western history, denoting where the city has been and what it could possibly become All that said, this was a long and often laborious read that has left me in many ways a bitbefuddled than illuminated Mumford s own words often take off in poetic flights of fancy that are heroic or elegiac they are be


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