Harper’s, february 1926.

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Initial Prompt
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Read the selections by Smithson and Mumford, and watch the video by Stewart Brand. Synthesize the selections for completing the discussion post. Combine the content from the selections to point out and analyze similarities and differences between the authors.
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Compare and contrast Smithson’s and Mumford’s view of the city with the “heresy of the city” expressed by Rand. In addition, how did each author address the effects that urbanization has on the biophysical environment? Drawing on what you learned from the Merchant text, how would you explain the differences between the authors’ perspectives?
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Introduction
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Industrialization spurred a massive population shift from rural areas to the cities. The rapid rise in density of the population, housing, industry, transportation created an onslaught of problems and issues—overcrowding, sanitation, public health, suburbanization. Some groups of people were affected more than others. This module examines these issues and the efforts initiated to remedy them.
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Merchant, Chapter 6: Urban Environments, 2850-1960
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Smithson, Robert. 1967. “A Tour of the Monuments Passaic, New Jersey”. (PDF) Originally published as “The Monuments of Passaic”, Artforum, December 1967, p.52-57.
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Mumford, Lewis, “The Intolerable City: Must It Keep On Growing?” Harper’s, February 1926. Becoming Modern: America in the 1920s. Primary Source Collection
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