by Ivor de Wolfe (Author)
Civilia: the end of Sub urban man is a facsimile reproduction of the title by the same name originally published in 1971 by The Architectural Press. Written by Ivor de Wolfe (pseudonym), the author of Artifice books on architecture’s The Italian Townscape (also originally published by The Architectural Press) and somewhat notorious publisher behind The Architectural Review and The Architectural Press for nearly 50 years.
Civilia: The End of Sub Urban Man, addresses “urban living” in the mid- to late twentieth century with reference to the impact of technology, new town planning, the death of the automobile, and a tongue-in- cheek attitude towards the then contemporary issues informing the development of urbanism in both academic and public imagination. At times bitingly critical, and at others erudite if not wholly ‘politically correct’ Civilia: The End of Sub Urban Man is a refreshing look back at ‘cutting edge’ developments in architecture and urbanism from the 1970s, and is surprisingly relevant given our current situation.