Designing Utopia: John Ruskin's Urban Vision for Britain and America
Although his name is not one that springs to mind when the public thinks of influential urban planners and designers, John ruskin was undoubtedly a most important influence. Art critic, social reformer, giant of English literature, his prodigious output of books, pamphlets and lectures, as well as his efforts at practical reform, established his tremendous reputation in Britain and America. More than providing a vision statement, he challenged artists, architects and town planners to collaborate on developing prototypes of his vision. To a remarkable extent they succeeded in doing so and thereby created a legacy of good community design that this book highlights. Designing Utopia presents a broad overview of John Ruskin's life: the development of his views on architecture and urban design, as well as his views on social justice; how his vision was developed in his writings; his efforts at practical application of that vision, in particular his efforts to build a guild based society. Finally the book analyses how Ruskin's urban vision influenced the work of a long line of progressive architects and planners and the buildings and communities they designed modern urban designers such as Lewis Mumford, Patrick Geddes, Ebenezer Howard. The work of these figures are then related to current practitioners of the New Urbanism such as Duaney and Plater-Zyberk.
38 pages matching elements in this book
Results 1-3 of 38
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Development Of A Visionary
Ruskins Urban Vision
Ruskins Efforts At Practical Town Planning
9 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
achieved American appeared approach architects architecture areas artistic Arts and Crafts associated beautiful become British building built called central century classes clear clearly close concerning continued cottages described effect efforts elements England English environment established example existing experiment expressed felt fields Garden City Garden City Movement given green Guild hand Hill housing human ideal important industrial influence inspired interest involved land lecture live London look major materials means Morris movement nature neighbourhood never organic particularly planners practical Price principles produced projects reform regional result Rose Ruskin Ruskin's urban vision Ruskinian simple social socialist society space stone street strong style successful suggested surrounded town planning traditional true urban design urban vision views village Webb whole workers writings wrote