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Owen Hatherley All Planned Out? - The Worldwide Impact of the British Town and Country Planning System
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All Planned Out?
The Worldwide Impact of the British Town and Country Planning System

18 and 19 May 2007

Owen Hatherley

Researching Everyday Life, Mass Production, Mass Politics and the Avant Garde in Weimar Germany and the USSR, 1917-1934, his PhD at Birkbeck College, London, and writes for Socialist Worker, Historical Materialism, and Archinect

In addition Owen writes two related blogs on Architecture, Cultural Studies and Politics, from which the following articles are kindly reproduced:

clickRevolution in the Garden - Garden Cities of To-morrow and Garden Suburbs of Yesterday (19.04.2007) 852KB

clickBuilding Brazilification (03.11.2006) 260KB

Website: www.themeasurestaken.blogspot.com and www.nastybrutalistandshort.blogspot.com

e-mail: owenhatherley@yahoo.co.uk

14.00 to 15.30 on Saturday 19 May 2007

Architecture or Revolution - Lessons from the Congrès International d'Architecture Moderne

Summary

The CIAM is generally thought of as the citadel of "official modernism", enshrining zoning, high rises and a garden city model of town planning. Criticised both by the political right and left, and replaced in the 1950s with the more community-based theories of Team 10, the CIAM's model of planning has seemingly been thrown into the dustbin of history.

But what can we learn from the roots of CIAM in the conflicts between the radical materialists of Central Europe, and the more idealist notions of Le Corbusier?

Did the CIAM's reknown occlude the more innovative urban planning of the Soviet avant-garde?

And why did the CIAM collapse as urban planning became a matter of post-war reconstruction?

The CIAM was stranger and more complex than contemporary official history would suggest, and it will be asked whether earlier ideas and practices offer new possibilities, now the post-war planning consensus is being questioned.

Architecture or Revolution - Lessons from the Congrès International d'Architecture Moderne

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