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Mumford, Lewis (1895–1990) By Taylor, Tatum

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1196-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 23 February 2024, from


Lewis Mumford was a prolific author, social philosopher and prominent American critic of architecture and Urbanism. A native of New York City, he penned a column on architecture that was published in The New Yorker from 1931 to 1975, extending his work to a broad audience. He evaluated the built world based on its relationship to its inhabitants and the natural environment, disregarding physical design and the development of a ‘modern’ style in favor of social functionality. Primarily concerned with the role of technology within civilization, he criticized the dehumanizing effects of mechanization.

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Taylor, Tatum. "Mumford, Lewis (1895–1990)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 23 Feb. 2024 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1196-1

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