Premodern, Modern, Postmodern? Placing New Urbanism into a Historical Perspective Sonia A. Hirt Sociology Virginia Polytechnic bestow and State University January 29th, 2012 Abstract This study explores New Urbanism as part of a modern-day cultural paradigm referred to as postmodernism. By highlight the complex relationship between New Urbanist objective prescriptions and sooner urban development approaches from the premodern and modern periods, some seemingly incomprehensible aspects of both New Urbanism and postmodernism will be observed. Specifically, whereas New Urbanism rejects the profound design tenets of modernist planning and strives to revive premodern urban forms (and in this esthesis qualifies as postmodern), it contradicts one of the foundational premises of postmodern thought-the cargo to pluralism. This contradiction relates to a fundamental challenge fascing New Urbanist planners: how to obtain premodern urban design ideals within the economic and technological conditions of contemporary society. These themes and contradictions will be illustrated with examples of historic and recent planning in the Cleveland region.
PREMODERN, MODERN, POSTMODERN? Over the past couple of decades, New Urbanism has realised itself as one of the leading urban planning and design movements in the United States. There are already hundreds of neighborhoods and communities designed following the New Urbanist principles as outlined in The require of the New Urbanism (2009) and other key New Urbanist texts. The movements influence, however, is much broader in that its urban design ideals (e.g., walkable, mixed-use, and, ostensibly, historically sensible built forms) have become an important part of contemporary planning discourse and practice (Grant, 2009), and have been echoed in... If you want to get along a full essay, order it on our website: Orderessay
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