10/27/2007
          The CIAM Discourse on Urbanism, 1928-1960 Eric Mumford
          Review by Ed Hatcher

        • Isn't it great how all the leading architects of today work together and collaborate on solving the various problems with our urban environment? Yeah, right. Well, luckily for us, we can at least read about the time 50 years ago in architectural history when they did. From the 1930's to the late 50's, CIAM and it's founders, greats such as Corbusier, Gropius, Neutra, etc. met, collaborated and truly engaged themselves in researching ideas for the ever changing landscape the new city was presenting to the world. Eric Mumford does an impeccable job of gathering the CIAM history and presenting it unbiased. Admittedly a rather dry read through long stretches, the importance of this book lies in it's reality that the city and it's problems won't be solved with a single author or urban planner, but will require large scale collaborations and serious engagement by our profession.

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