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Hardcover | Out of Print | 344 pp. | 6 x 9 in | August 1983 | ISBN: 9780262021869
Paperback | $32.00 X | £26.95 | 344 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 1986 | ISBN: 9780262521116
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Dreaming the Rational City

The Myth of American City Planning


Dreaming the Rational City is both a history of the city planning profession in the United States and a major polemical statement about the effort to plan and reform the American city. Boyer shows why city planning, which had so much promise at the outset for making cities more liveable, largely failed. She reveals planning's real responsibilities and goals, including the kind of "rational order" that was actually forseen by the planning mentality, and concludes that the planners have continuously served the needs of the dominant capitalist economy.M. Christine Boyer is an Associate Professor in the School

About the Author

M. Christine Boyer is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in the School of Architecture at Princeton University and the author of Dreaming the Rational City, The City of Collective Memory (both published by the MIT Press), Le Corbusier: Homme de Lettres, and other books.