Founder and Principal, Dunay Plater-Zyberk & Company
Howards Garden City as the Basis for a General Theory of Urbanism
The ideal of the Garden City as posited by Howard may be understood as the range of the principal constituent elements of urbanism. Howard provides “The What” for a General Theory.
The mean of each element is presented in the Standard Model. A deviation from this mean can be measured for purposes of analysis and projective design (or policy). The Standard Model makes it possible for an implemented garden city such as Welwyn, to be compared to, say, a contemporary builder's subdivision, a surviving county seat such as St Albans, a New Town such as Stevenage, and a NW London suburb.
To complete a General Theory, to “The What” of Howard’s Mean must be added “The Where” by means of the Transect “The When” of Succession and the “By Whom” of Subsidiarity. These four protocols will be discussed and illustrated toward formulating a General Theory of Urbanism.
This lecture is part of the CAU fall lecture series, full list available here