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Automobile Utopias and Traditional Urban Infrastructure: Visions of the Coming Conflict 1925 - 1940
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review (2011)
  • Ted Shelton, FAIA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abstract

Five automobile utopias presaged a conflict of infrastructures that had profound implications for traditional urban form throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century: Plan Voisin (Le Corbusier, 1925 and 1929), The Metropolis of Tomorrow (Ferris, 1929), Broadacre City (Wright, 1932), La Ville Radieuse (LeCorbusier, 1935), and Futurama (Bel Geddes, 1939–40). Each of these proposals sought to resolve the conflict between the ever-increasing speed and large-scale geometries of the automobile and the much finer grain and slower speeds of the traditional city street. The article explores each utopia’s typology, intentionality and presentation and its attitudes toward and uses of traditional urban infrastructures.

Publication Date
Spring 2011
Citation Information
Ted Shelton. "Automobile Utopias and Traditional Urban Infrastructure: Visions of the Coming Conflict 1925 - 1940" Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review Vol. 22 Iss. 2 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ted_shelton/9/