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Reforming Suburbia: The Planned Communities of Irvine, Columbia, and the Woodlands

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The "new community" movement of the 1960s and 1970s attempted a grand experiment in housing. It inspired the construction of innovative communities that were designed to counter suburbia's cultural conformity, social isolation, ugliness, and environmental problems. This richly documented book examines the results of those experiments in three of the most successful new communities: Irvine Ranch in Southern California, Columbia in Maryland, and The Woodlands in the suburbs of Houston, Texas.

Based on new research and interviews with developers, designers, and residents, Ann Forsyth traces the evolution, the successes, and the shortcomings of these experiments in urban innovation. Where they succeeded, in areas such as community identity and open space preservation, they provide support for current "smart growth" proposals. Where they did not, in areas such as housing affordability and transportation choices, they offer important insights for today's planners, designers, developers, civic leaders, and others interested in incorporating new forms of development into their designs.

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Reforming Suburbia is a fascinating book. Forsyth examines the planned new towns of Columbia, Irvine, and The Woodlands through dozens of interviews with developers, designers, and residents as well as extensive archival research. She tackles complex public and private investments and asks how negotiations proceeded between government and real estate developers, all the while keeping an eye on the issues of race, gender, environmental sustainability, and marketing. This is required reading for anyone interested in the practice of American urban development.aDolores Hayden, author of Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000Ann Forsyth significantly enriches the fields of planning and architectural history with her thorough analysis of the social, ecological, and economic successes and shortcomings of these three prominent new communities. She offers valuable insights and wonderfully captures the idealistic spirit of the late 1960s and early 1970s.aFrederick Steiner, author of Human Ecology

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

1. The New Community Experiment

2. The Irvine Ranch

3. Columbia

4. The Woodlands

5. Organizing the Metropolis

6. Alternatives to Sprawl?

7. New Town Planning and the Paradoxes of Private Innovation

Appendix A. Ahwahnee Principles, Charter of the New Urbanism, and EPA Smart Growth Principles

Appendix B. Census Data for Irvine, Columbia, and The Woodlands, 1980-2000

Appendix C. Study Methods

Appendix D. Criticisms and Benefits of Suburban Growth with Evaluation of Case Study New Communities

Appendix E. Densities of Typical Residential Villages in Irvine and The Woodlands

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520937918
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Architecture : History - General
Author:
Forsyth, Ann
Author:
Forsyth Ann
Subject:
Planned communities.
Subject:
Irvine
Subject:
Columbia
Subject:
Woodlands
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Planned communities -- United States.
Subject:
Irvine (Calif.)
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
394

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"Synopsis" by , Reforming Suburbia is a fascinating book. Forsyth examines the planned new towns of Columbia, Irvine, and The Woodlands through dozens of interviews with developers, designers, and residents as well as extensive archival research. She tackles complex public and private investments and asks how negotiations proceeded between government and real estate developers, all the while keeping an eye on the issues of race, gender, environmental sustainability, and marketing. This is required reading for anyone interested in the practice of American urban development.aDolores Hayden, author of Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000Ann Forsyth significantly enriches the fields of planning and architectural history with her thorough analysis of the social, ecological, and economic successes and shortcomings of these three prominent new communities. She offers valuable insights and wonderfully captures the idealistic spirit of the late 1960s and early 1970s.aFrederick Steiner, author of Human Ecology
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