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VICTOR GRUEN: FROM URBAN SHOP TO NEW CITY
Alex Wall

Actar, 2005
Hardcover
270 pages
Fully illustrated, colour.
ISBN: 8495951878

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From Urban Shop to New City focuses on Gruen's theories and projects, especially with respect to the terms that he set for himself: the return of the city center and urban public space as the focus of the social and cultural life of the region. The context for his vision, however, was the "triumph" of the suburbs and the collapse of the American downtowns. Gruen's successes and failures engaged or prefigured every important commerical retail, development, and planning trend since World War II; thus his work is a crucial vehicle for understanding the transformation of American cityscape and landscape, and is a starting point for asking the question: what kind of city do we want now?

 

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