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Anglo-American crossroads : urban research and planning in Britain, 1940-2010 /
Mark Clapson.
imprint
London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
description
204 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1441141499, 9781441141491
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imprint
London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
isbn
1441141499
9781441141491
catalogue key
8744503
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-197) and index.
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Summaries
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'Anglo-American Crossroads' offers an important contribution to the subject of British regeneration in the 20th century. Mark Clapson investigates a crucial post-World War II period, when both the USA and Britain were poised to make decisions about land use that would help shape modern community structure.
Main Description
Anglo-American Crossroadsoffers an important contribution to the subject of British regeneration in the twentieth century. Mark Clapson investigates a crucial post-World War II period, when both the USA and Britain were poised to make decisions about land use that would help shape modern community structure. Beginning with wartime debates about the nature of the reconstruction of postwar Britain, the book then focuses on the adoption of American concepts on the design of postwar new towns and new communities, the urban renewal of inner cities since the 1970s, and the regeneration of de-industrialised and impoverished areas since the 1980s. The focus is on evaluating the successes and shortcoming of American influences on urban research and policy. Despite highlighting some failures in urban policies, the book is an antidote to fashionable anti-Americanism, emphasizing the many successful conceptual, financial and practical inputs from the USA.
Main Description
The postwar British city was been shaped by many international forces during the last century, but American influences on British urban research and urban planning have been particularly significant. Beginning with debates about reconstruction during the Second World War, Anglo-American Crossroads explores how Americanisation influenced key approaches to town planning, from reconstruction after 1945 to the New Urbanism of the 1990s. Clapson pays particular attention to the relationship between urban sociological research and planning issues since the 1950s. He also addresses the ways in which American developers and planners of new communities looked to the British new towns and garden city movement for inspiration. Using a wide range of sources, from American Foundation Archives to town planning materials and urban sociologies, Anglo-American Crossroads shows that although some things went wrong in translation from the USA to Britain, there were also some important successes within a transatlantic dialogue that was more nuanced than a one-dimensional process of American hegemony.
Table of Contents
Atlantic Interchanges and the British City: Some Key Themes
Roads to Reconstruction: The Rockefeller Foundation and the Special Housing Mission in wartime Britain
Green Lights for Understanding: the American Contribution to Urban Research in Britain from the1940s to the 1970s
Neighbourhoods and Dead Ends: American influences upon the planning of new communities in postwar Britain
Roads to Edge City: motorways, Milton Keynes and out-of-town urbanization
The Opposite Direction: British influences upon new community planning in North America during the 1960s
Avoiding Danger: the USA and the regeneration of the inner city in Britain since 1970
Some conclusions and connections
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