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Practicing Utopia: An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement

Rosemary Wakeman


This book investigates the golden age of new town building in the mid to late twentieth century. It argues that the magnitudeof new town construction, its geographic extent, and the discourse about new towns marked it as a commanding intellectual movement. It represented a rich corpus of ideas and influences that carried forward the inheritance of urban utopianism and was instrumental in defining modernization and the aspirations of the late twentieth century. The book considers new towns as a dynamic concept that was implemented across the globe by a transnational planning culture. It first e ... More

Keywords: new town, utopia, ideal cities, urban planning, regional planning, urban theory, urban history, space age, cybernetics, systems analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226346038
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226346175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Wakeman, author
Fordham University