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Lewis Mumford on Community Planning

"While a great many other ideas and measures are of prime importance for the good life of the community, that which concerns its architectural expression is the notion of the community as limited in numbers, and in area; and as formed, not merely by the agglomeration of people, but by their relation to definite social and economic institutions. To express these relations clearly, to embody them in buildings and roads and gardens in which each individual structure will be subordinated to the whole – this is the end of community planning."

Lewis Mumford in "Sticks & Stones: A Study of American Architecture and Civilization," pp. 240, 1924

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Credits: Photo of Lewis Mumford at age 31, in 1926, from the Lewis Mumford Photo Collection at Monmouth University.