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Non-Plan : Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern           Architecture and Urbanism - Jonathan Hughes

Non-Plan

Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism

By: Jonathan Hughes (Editor), Simon Sadler (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th December 1999
ISBN: 9780750640831
Number Of Pages: 264

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Non-Plan explores ways of involving people in the design of their environments - a goal which transgresses political categories of 'right' and 'left'. Attempts to circumvent planning bureaucracy and architectural inertia have ranged from free-market enterprise zones, to self-build housing, and from squatting to sophisticated technologies of prefabrication. Yet all have shared in a desire to let people shape the built environment they want to live and work in.
How can buildings better reflect the needs of their inhabitants? How can cities better facilitate the work and recreation of their many populaces? Modernism had promised a functionalist approach to resolving the architectural needs of the twentieth-century, yet the design of cities and buildings often appears to confound the needs of those who use them - their design and layout being highly regulated by restrictive legislation, planning controls and bureaucracy.
Non-Plan considers the theoretical and conceptual frameworks within which architecture and urbanism have sought to challenge entrenched boundaries of control, focusing on the architectural history of the post-war period to the present day. This provocative book will be of interest to architects, planners and students of architecture, design, town-planning and architectural history. Its contributors include architects, critics and historians, including many whose work helped shape the Non-Plan debate during the period.

List of contributors: Cedric Price, Benjamin Franks, Elizabeth Lebas, Eleonore Kofman, Ben Highmore, Yona Friedman, Paul Barker, Clara Greed, Barry Curtis, Colin Ward, Ian Horton, John Beck, Chinedu Umenyilora and Malcolm Miles.
* A timely and provacative look at radical architecture
* Discusses political implicatinos of 'non-plan'
* Impressive combination of contributors all well known in their field

Industry Reviews

"...a lively and provocative read...'Non-Plan' is not just a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of post-war planning; the way that it places architectural and planning ideas within a wider political discourse makes it a persuasive model for writing the architectural history of the late twentieth century." Architect's Journal

"Everything you ever wanted to know about Non-Plan - and then some." Architectural Review

Prefacep. VIII
Contributorsp. X
Creditsp. XII
Paul Barker Thinking the Unthinkablep. 2
Cedric Price Cedric Price's Non-Plan Diaryp. 22
Ben Franks New Right/New Left: An Alternative Experiment in Freedomp. 32
Colin Ward Anarchy and Architecture: A Personal Recordp. 44
Barry Curtis the Heart of the Cityp. 52
Ian Horton Pervasion of the Picturesque: English Architectural Aesthetics and Legislation, 1945-1965p. 66
Eleonore Kofman and Elizabeth Lebas Recovery and Reappropriation in Lefebvre and Constantp. 80
Jonathan Hughes the Indeterminate Buildingp. 90
Yona Friedman Function Follows Formp. 104
John Beck Buckminster Fuller and the Politics of Shelterp. 116
Hadas Steiner Off the Mapp. 126
Simon Sadler Open Ends: the Social Visions of 1960s Non-Planningp. 138
Ben Highmore the Death of the Planner?: Paris Circa 1968p. 156
Jonathan Hughes After Non-Plan: Retrenchment and Reassertionp. 166
Clara Greed Can Man Plan? Can Woman Plan Better?p. 184
Malcolm Miles Living Lightly on the Earthp. 198
Chinedu Umenyilora Empowering the Self-Builderp. 210
Martin Pawley Towards an Unoriginal Architecturep. 222
Michael Rakowitz Parasitep. 232
Indexp. 236
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ISBN: 9780750640831
ISBN-10: 0750640839
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 20th December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1

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