"The whole evolution of American townscape [including cities]
can be divided into eras —
- a first era that begins with the earliest colonial settlements
and ends at World War II,
- a second that extends from the war almost to the present,
- now a third era with the work of a current generation reacting
to what was built on such a vast scale with such hubris, blind
optimism, and distain for history in the fifty years after the
This assignment is preparation for discussion on this complex
Identify three (3) specific, influential factors that
help to best characterize each era.
To fix upon specific factors, consider at least some of the following influences:
- social considerations
- declarations, manifestos, charters
- funding directives
- or other categories.
For each era carefully consider what kind of factors come in
to play...as the factors, and their interelationship, will vary.
Applying the principles of cause and effect, investigate how each
factor provides the impetus for that which follows.
Briefly summarize each factor (a few paragraphs,
Provide a tangible site-specific example to
illustrate how each factor was manifested in our built/social
You may use one site to illustrate up to two (2) factors.
Be ready to discuss.