Design for the Crowd: Patriotism and Protest in Union Square

Author:   Joanna Merwood-Salisbury
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226080826


Pages:   312
Publication Date:   01 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Situated on Broadway between Fourteenth and Seventeenth Streets, Union Square occupies a central place in both the geography and the history of New York City. Though this compact space was originally designed in 1830 to beautify a residential neighborhood and boost property values, by the early days of the Civil War, New Yorkers had transformed Union Square into a gathering place for political debate and protest. As public use of the square changed, so, too, did its design. When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux redesigned the park in the late nineteenth century, they sought to enhance its potential as a space for the orderly expression of public sentiment. A few decades later, anarchists and Communist activists, including Emma Goldberg, turned Union Square into a regular gathering place where they would advocate for radical change. In response, a series of city administrations and business groups sought to quash this unruly form of dissidence by remaking the square into a new kind of patriotic space. As Joanna Merwood-Salisbury shows us in Design for the Crowd, the history of Union Square illustrates ongoing debates over the proper organization of urban space--and competing images of the public that uses it. In this sweeping history of an iconic urban square, Merwood-Salisbury gives us a review of American political activism, philosophies of urban design, and the many ways in which a seemingly stable landmark can change through public engagement and design. Published with the support of Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

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Author:   Joanna Merwood-Salisbury
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226080826


ISBN 10:   022608082
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   01 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Merwood-Salisbury offers a fascinating and well-researched history of Union Square, one of New York City's central hubs. Integrating architectural and urban history, political and cultural history, theories of space from sociology and other disciplines, and original archival research, Design for the Crowd reveals the ways in which carefully orchestrated urban plans are reconfigured through use. This book will be of unique interest because it historicizes public space via a single, concrete site. It stands as a major contribution to many fields, from architecture and urban planning to political science. --Maggie Taft, coeditor of Art in Chicago


Joanna Merwood-Salisbury offers a fascinating and well-researched history of Union Square, one of New York City's central hubs. Integrating architectural and urban history, political and cultural history, theories of space from sociology and other disciplines, and original archival research, Design for the Crowd reveals the ways in which carefully orchestrated urban plans are reconfigured through use. --Maggie Taft, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


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Joanna Merwood-Salisbury is professor of architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the City, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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