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Boom Cities: Architect Planners and the Politics of Radical Urban Renewal in 1960s Britain

Otto Saumarez Smith

Abstract

Boom Cities: Architect-Planners and the Politics of Radical Urban Renewal in 1960s Britain is the first published history of the profound transformations of British city centres in the 1960s. It details the rise and fall of this complex and notorious subject, of which it has often been said that urban planners did more damage to Britain’s cities than even the Luftwaffe had managed. The result is the first account to reveal the origins and dissolution of the cross-party consensus on modernist urban planning, before the ideological smearing that has ever since characterized the high-rise towers, ... More

Keywords: renewal, redevelopment, modernism, architecture, planning, 1960s, urban, conservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198836407
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198836407.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Otto Saumarez Smith, author
Assistant Professor in Architectural History, University of Warwick