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The Resource Shopping town : designing the city in suburban America, Victor Gruen ; edited and translated by Anette Baldauf

Shopping town : designing the city in suburban America, Victor Gruen ; edited and translated by Anette Baldauf

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Shopping town : designing the city in suburban America
Title
Shopping town
Title remainder
designing the city in suburban America
Statement of responsibility
Victor Gruen ; edited and translated by Anette Baldauf
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Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
"Victor Gruen was one of the twentieth century's most influential architects and is regarded as the father of the U.S. shopping mall. In spring 1979, less than a year before his death, he began reconstructing his life story. Now available in English for the first time, Shopping Town is the long overdue account of a man whose work fundamentally altered the course of city development. Shopping Town opens in Vienna in 1938 with the Anschluss--the turning point in Gruen's life--as he narrowly escaped the Nazi regime. A few years later, in the suburbs of postwar America, the Jewish refugee sought to reproduce the vitality of Vienna's city center and invented the commercial apparatus now known as the shopping mall. Gruen's Southdale Mall in Edina, Minnesota, was the first fully enclosed shopping center in America. He then translated the concept to economically neglected city centers, setting the path for pedestrian zones and fighting passionately for an urban ideal without compromise. Highlighting Gruen's sense of humor as well as reflections on the complex forces that sustained the postwar transformation of American cities, Shopping Town embeds Gruen's experiences and perspectives in a wider social and political context while helping us understand his problematic place in American architectural culture. With afterwords by his son and daughter, Shopping Town closes with Anette Baldauf's richly insightful essay on the legacy of Victor Gruen"--
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Biography type
autobiography
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DLC
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1903-1980
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gruen, Victor
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NA1011.5.G76
LC item number
A2 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Baldauf, Anette
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  • Gruen, Victor
  • Gruen, Victor
  • Expatriate architects
  • Architects
  • Stores, Retail
  • Shopping malls
  • City planners
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • ARCHITECTURE
  • HISTORY
  • Architects
  • City planners
  • Expatriate architects
  • Shopping malls
  • Stores, Retail
  • Austria
  • United States
Label
Shopping town : designing the city in suburban America, Victor Gruen ; edited and translated by Anette Baldauf
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A different version of Shopping Town appeared in German as Shopping Town: Memoiren eines Stadtplaners (1903/1980) by Victor Gruen, edited by Anette Baldauf, with essays in English by Michael Gruen and Peggy Gruen (Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 2014)."
  • Translated from the German
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Why Victor Gruen? / Anette Baldauf -- Vienna 1938 -- Flashback -- Discovering America -- The Big Breakthrough -- Development of the Storm -- Architectura -- Environmental Planning
Control code
962254656
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xiv, 309 pages
Isbn
9781517902100
Lccn
2017000440
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)962254656
Label
Shopping town : designing the city in suburban America, Victor Gruen ; edited and translated by Anette Baldauf
Publication
Note
  • "A different version of Shopping Town appeared in German as Shopping Town: Memoiren eines Stadtplaners (1903/1980) by Victor Gruen, edited by Anette Baldauf, with essays in English by Michael Gruen and Peggy Gruen (Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 2014)."
  • Translated from the German
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Why Victor Gruen? / Anette Baldauf -- Vienna 1938 -- Flashback -- Discovering America -- The Big Breakthrough -- Development of the Storm -- Architectura -- Environmental Planning
Control code
962254656
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xiv, 309 pages
Isbn
9781517902100
Lccn
2017000440
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)962254656

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