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Author Shanken, Andrew Michael, 1968-

Title 194X : architecture, planning, and consumer culture on the American home front / Andrew M. Shanken
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 254 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Series Architecture, landscape, and American culture series
Architecture, landscape, and American culture series.
Contents Introduction: planning the postwar architect -- The culture of planning: the rhetoric and imagery of home front anticipation -- Old cities, new frontiers: mature economy theory and the language of renewal -- Advertising nothing, anticipating nowhere: architects and consumer culture -- The end of planning: the building boom and the invention of normalcy -- Afterword -- Appendix: wartime advertising campaigns
Summary During the Second World War, American architecture was in a state of crisis. The rationing of building materials and restrictions on nonmilitary construction continued the privations that the profession had endured during the Great Depression. At the same time, the dramatic events of the 1930s and 1940s led many architects to believe that their profession--and society itself--would undergo a profound shift once the war ended, with private commissions giving way to centrally planned projects. The magazine Architectural Forum coined the term "194X" to encapsulate this wartime vision of postwar arc
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and index
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Subject Architecture and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Architecture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Architecture -- United States -- Planning.
City planning -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008043154
ISBN 0816668078 (electronic bk.)
9780816668076 (electronic bk.)