A Blessing in Disguise: War and Town Planning in Europe 1940-1945
By: Jorn Duwel (author), Niels Gutschow (author)Hardback
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"There is a sense, in which the demolition that is taking place through the war has not yet gone far enough." This astonishing statement was made in the thick of the Second World War (1942) by the influential American social and cultural critic Lewis Mumford. In most of the cities hit hardest by the air-raids,something akin to planning euphoria did in fact break out at that time. In all the countries of Europe, the devastation of the cities was acclaimed as a liberating factor. In this volume, historians and architects from various cultures analyse the ideas and convictions on which post-war urban planning was modelled. To illustrate the points, a number of towns and cities in different countries are discussed with reference to the planning schemes proposed for them and other documents.
Jorn Duwel, b. 1965, studied art history and Germanic studies in Greifswald. Research projects and publications on European architecture and town planning in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2002 he was appointed professor of history and theory of architecture at the HafenCity University in Hamburg. Niels Gutschow, b. 1941, studied architecture in Darmstadt. He divides his time between research into war-time and post-war architecture and town planning in central Europe and the history of architecture and sacred landscapes in India and Nepal. He is an honorary professor of Heidelberg University (South Asia Institute, Institute for the History of Culture and Religion in South Asia).
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