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Here Comes the Sun : Architecture and Public Space in Twentieth-Century European Culture - Ken Worpole

Here Comes the Sun

Architecture and Public Space in Twentieth-Century European Culture

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9781861890733
Number Of Pages: 168

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Here Comes the Sun looks at how social reformers, planners and architects in the early twentieth century tried to remake the city in the image of a sunlit, ordered utopia. While much has been written about architectural modernism, Worpole concentrates less on buildings and more on the planning of the spaces in-between – the parks, public squares, open-air museums, promenades, public pools and other public leisure facilities. Life in the open was of particular concern to early urban planners and reformers, with their dreams of release from the confines of overcrowded, unsanitary slums. Picturing youthful working-class bodies made healthy by exercise and tanned by the sun, they imagined an escape route from cities. Worpole demonstrates how open-air public spaces became sought-after commissions for many early modernist architects in the early 1900s, resulting in the transformation of the European cityscape.

"...a fascinating account of the political idealism that informed urban planning for the first two-thirds of the twentieth-century...full of insights into how public space influences a sense of belonging and ownership."—The Guardian

"This is one of those books you stroke lovingly. Open it, and there is page after page of beautiful photographs...this book combines history, society, politics, environment and place in a well-written and emotive text. The strength of the book is the way it crosses these traditional boundaries and disciplines."—Town and Country Planning

"Drawing on architectural theories, philosophy, literature and even film-making, Worpole's book is wide-ranging and erudite and should be of interest to the layperson as well as to the urban planner. It is also elegantly written and complemented by a mixture of black and white and colour photographs to provide a visual emphasis to the points he raises."—N16 Magazine

Industry Reviews

`this beautifully produced book makes a host of thought-provoking links between private faces and public places. Its will surely make you see familiar and forgotten Architectural landmarks in a new light.' - Architects' Journal

Acknowledgementsp. 7
The Body and the City: An Introductory Essayp. 9
Here Comes the Sun: Port Sunlight, Town Planning and the New Lifep. 25
Our Northern Hearts: Architecture, Design and the Art of Right Livingp. 35
Live Out of Doors as Much as You Can: The Architecture of Public Healthp. 49
Bring the Landscape into the House: Housing for the New Societyp. 69
Parks, Pleasure Gardens and the Democracy of the Open Airp. 86
Summer in the City: The Cult of the Lidop. 113
Limits to Growth: Nature and Society Restoredp. 129
Coda: Beneath City Skies: New Parks in Europep. 141
Referencesp. 155
Indexp. 165
Photographic Acknowledgementsp. 168
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ISBN: 9781861890733
ISBN-10: 1861890737
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 1st November 2000
Publisher: REAKTION BOOKS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.05  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.61

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