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Colin Fournier Sympathy For The Future
Colin Fournier describes alternative city designs that have been proposed since the birth of industrialization. He argues that...

Colin Fournier Sympathy For The Future

November 2, 1997 | Video Lecturer:

Colin Fournier describes alternative city designs that have been proposed since the birth of industrialization. He argues that modern cities were shaped by different historical models. He outlines these models and retraces how they have evolved. He argues that cities grow cyclically, and suggests that we are presently in a city-building phase. While the more radical proposals are portrayed as utopias or dystopias, what was actually built in the 20th century was more middle-of-the-road, reflecting City Beautiful and Beaux-Arts ideas. In the 1960s, groups like Archigram, Archizoom, and Superstudio were more interested in criticizing how the whole urban discussion was being framed, than presenting solutions. Fournier outlines some contemporary city design proposals, many of which have been implemented. Most acknowledge the criticisms of earlier modernist proposals, and no longer attempt to de-urbanize, or radically alter cities, but to enhance existing places. New organizational methodologies such as fractals provide alternatives to the City Beautiful and Beaux Arts traditions. New technologies enable city design to be approached bottom up, rather than top down.

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Colin Fournier outlines some contemporary city design proposals, many of which have been implemented. Most acknowledge the...