Garden Cities and Suburbs

Author(s): Sarah Rutherford


Garden Cities: the phrase is redolent of Arts and Crafts values and nineteenth-century utopianism. But despite being the culmination of a range of influential movements, and having global influence themselves, in fact there were only ever two true, self-contained Garden Cities in England - far more numerous were Garden Suburbs and Villages. Crystallised in England by planning visionary Ebenezer Howard and executed largely by Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin, the movement arose from nineteenth-century settlements like Port Sunlight (and, earlier, Saltaire and Akroyden), and also from the City Beautiful movement in the US; the settlements were designed to promote healthy individual and community life, as well as commerce and industry, and were - and are - instantly recognisable. This book is a beautifully illustrated guide to the movement as a whole, from its earliest influences through practical difficulties in implementation to the continuing vitality of the conurbations which are its legacy.


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Sarah Rutherford has an MA in the conservation of historic parks and gardens and a PhD. She was Head of the English Heritage Historic Parks and Gardens Register and is now a freelance consultant, creating conservation plans.

Origins / Leading the Way - Early Garden Villages and Theories / Garden Cities in Theory / Garden Cities in Practice / Other Garden City Communities - Suburbs, Villages, Estates / Living the Utopian Life / Industry, Commerce, Work and Shopping / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index

General Fields

  • : 9780747813422
  • : Shire Publications Ltd
  • : Shire Publications Ltd
  • : February 2014
  • : 210mm X 149mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sarah Rutherford
  • : Paperback
  • : 307.740942
  • : 80