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Sticks and Stones

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Great classic of American cultural history and important study of American architecture and civilization, still stimulating in its sweep and insights. Discusses the early New England towns, vernacular building, Colonial and Federal periods, Henry Hobson Richardson and other important architects of the late 19th century, the Classical Revival, up to the early 1920s. 21 illu ...more
Paperback, 113 pages
Published June 1st 1955 by Dover Publications (first published 1924)
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May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Crisp, clear, engaging. A mixture of true architectural critique with a brilliant social history of the United States. A short read that's well worth it.
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dylan
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I was talking about this book one day and I was surprised that Brent actually knew who this guy was. Apparently he is a respected author.

These are essays on early American architecture, so its mostly focused on buildings in the northeastern portion of the United States.

Mumford is annoyed that these buildings are lazy imitations of European ideals, and that these buildings are not taking full advantage of the materials in their region.

Mumford looks at a building designed for civic use, like Penn
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: urban planning/enviro folks
Shelves: history
mumford never disappoints. who else could write a book about the history of architecture that's as witty and interesting as it is prescient (e.g., he's critical of the suburbanization that was only barely beginning in the 1920s when he wrote this book)? he travels from early new england villages to booming new york, with smoe stops along the way, to make the point that we don't have to live on top of each other in hurried, unimaginative neighborhoods. though he romanticizes small town life he do ...more
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Amazing commentary on the decy of crafmanship, masonry and architectural form in the aftermath of the civil war. Mumford also raises critical points surrounding the effects of the gridiron plan in american cities: "Even today our parks our what our cities should be, and are not." Olmsted, Lloyd Wright, and others eerge as heroes in a disintegrated landscape, while others rushing to build in industrial or romantic forms collapse into bad judgement, mere facaderie, and hollow forms.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Hope springs eternal. Mumford may be recognized as a founding father in the urban planning field, but his writing style leaves so much to be desired.
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Lewis Mumford (October 19, 1895 – January 26, 1990) was an American historian and philosopher of technology and science. Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, he had a tremendously broad career as a writer that also included a period as an influential literary critic. Mumford was influenced by the work of Scottish theorist Sir Patrick Geddes.
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