Anglo-American crossroads - Mark Clapson



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Anglo-American crossroads - urban research and planning in Britain, 1940-2010
Mark Clapson
Paperback / softback
Bloomsbury Academic
UK Publication Date

The postwar British city was been shaped by many international forces during the last century, but American influences on British urban research and urban planning have been particularly significant.
Beginning with debates about reconstruction during the Second World War, Anglo-American Crossroads explores how Americanisation influenced key approaches to town planning, from reconstruction after 1945 to the New Urbanism of the 1990s.
Clapson pays particular attention to the relationship between urban sociological research and planning issues since the 1950s. He also addresses the ways in which American developers and planners of new communities looked to the British new towns and garden city movement for inspiration.
Using a wide range of sources, from American Foundation Archives to town planning materials and urban sociologies, Anglo-American Crossroads shows that although some things went wrong in translation from the USA to Britain, there were also some important successes within a transatlantic dialogue that was more nuanced than a one-dimensional process of American hegemony.

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Mark Clapson is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Westminster, London.

The book offers interesting insights into an important period of cross-cultural collaboration, rightly arguing for its continued significance for urban research and planning practice
Journal of Planning Education and Research - Ali Madanipour, Newcastle University, UK

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Urban renewal - Great Britain - History - 20th century.|Urban renewal - Great Britain - History - 21st century.|City planning - Great Britain - History - 20th century.|City planning - Great Britain - History - 21st century.
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