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The Reinvention of Urban Design in 1965 in the USA.

Article from the book: Bridging Urbanities.

Authors 
Harald Bodenschatz

Bridging Urbanities<br>&copy; LIT Verlag, Berlin. "Five years ago, in 2006, a new master course was launched at the Faculty for Planning Building and Environment of the Berlin University of Technology: Urban Design. This course was unique in as much as it was not based on an existing course of studies. What was the background to this decision?

55 years ago, in 1956, a historically renowned conference was held at the Harvard University Graduate school of Design. Its theme was urban design, and it played a significant role in establishing the field in the academic landscape under that name. The impetus for the conference came from José Luis Sert, Dean of the Graduate School of Design. Sert had good reasons for such a venture. Through a careful renewal of the discipline, he wanted to carefully reinvigorate CIAM, an organisation of which he was a leading member and that was being challenged by Team 10 in Europe at the time. He also wanted to provide an orientation for the foreseeable post-war urban restructuring. Apart from Sert, the conference participants included Richard Neutra, Victor Gruen, Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs and Ed Bacon. A review of the conference was documented in a themed issue of the Harvard Design Magazine, published in spring 2006." ...