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The Resource Pedestrian modern : shopping and American architecture, 1925-1956, David Smiley

Pedestrian modern : shopping and American architecture, 1925-1956, David Smiley

Label
Pedestrian modern : shopping and American architecture, 1925-1956
Title
Pedestrian modern
Title remainder
shopping and American architecture, 1925-1956
Statement of responsibility
David Smiley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
" Too close to the wiles and calculations of consumption, stores and shopping centers are generally relegated to secondary, pedestrian status in the history of architecture. And yet, throughout the middle decades of the twentieth century, stores and shopping centers were an important locus of modernist architectural thought and practice. Under the mantle of modernism, the merchandising problems and possibilities of main streets, cities, and suburbs became legitimate--if also conflicted--responsibilities of the architectural profession. In Pedestrian Modern, David Smiley reveals how the design for places of consumption informed emerging modernist tenets. The architect was viewed as a coordinator and a site planner--modernist tropes particularly well suited to merchandising. Smiley follows this development from the twenties and thirties, when glass and transparency were equated with modernist rationality; to the forties, when cities and congestion presented considerable hurdles for shopping district design and, at the same time, when modern concerns about the pedestrian deeply affected city and neighborhood planning; to the early fifties, when both urban shopping districts and suburban shopping centers became large-scale modernist undertakings. Although interpreting the tools and principles of modernism, designs for shopping never quite shed the specter of consumption. Tracing the history of architecture's relationship with retail environments during a time of significant transformation in urban centers and in open suburban landscapes, Smiley expands and qualifies the making of American modernism. "--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
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Smiley, David J.
Dewey number
725/.2109730904
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NA6212
LC item number
.S65 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Commercial buildings
  • Architecture and society
  • Consumer behavior
  • ARCHITECTURE / History / General
  • ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • USA
  • Architecture and society
  • Commercial buildings
  • Consumer behavior
  • United States
Label
Pedestrian modern : shopping and American architecture, 1925-1956, David Smiley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Centers and Peripheries -- 1. The Store Problem -- 2. Machines for Selling -- 3. Park and Shop -- 4. Pedestrianization Takes Command -- 5. The Cold War Pedestrian -- 6. The Language of Modern Shopping -- Conclusion: Pedestrian Modern Futures -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn816563798
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xi, 357 pages
Isbn
9780816679294
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013003504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)816563798
  • (Sirsi) a1754258
Label
Pedestrian modern : shopping and American architecture, 1925-1956, David Smiley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Centers and Peripheries -- 1. The Store Problem -- 2. Machines for Selling -- 3. Park and Shop -- 4. Pedestrianization Takes Command -- 5. The Cold War Pedestrian -- 6. The Language of Modern Shopping -- Conclusion: Pedestrian Modern Futures -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn816563798
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xi, 357 pages
Isbn
9780816679294
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013003504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)816563798
  • (Sirsi) a1754258

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