In this meticulously documented book, Eric Mumford describes the formation of the influential Urban Design program at Harvard, emphasizing the role of its founders and their roots in the International Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM). This research builds on two of Mumford's earlier publications: his 2000 book The CIAM Discourse on Urbanism, 1928–1960,1 which chronicles the international conferences in Europe, and his publication in 2008 with Hashim Sarkis, Josep Lluís Sert, The Architect of Urban Design, 1953–1969.2 The latter is a book of essays on the architect who served as president of CIAM from 1947 to 1956 and directed the Harvard Urban Design program as dean and chairman of architecture at the Graduate School of Design between 1953 and 1969.

Mumford's goal in the present work is to elucidate and defend the role that CIAM-influenced urban design...

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