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Timothy Hyde

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678105

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678105.001.0001

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A Perfect Structuring

A Perfect Structuring

Representing the Nation as Plan and Purpose

(p.69) 3 A Perfect Structuring
Constitutional Modernism

Timothy Hyde

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides an overview of the Athens Charter, a new mitigatory regime of urbanism. The Athens Charter defined the city as a composite of four functions—dwelling, leisure, work, and circulation—each assigned to its own sector and accommodated by a prescribed architectural solution. The charter asserted the interrelation between the city and its political, economic, social, and physical surroundings. The section on housing observed that the population densities compressed into unsuitable congested sectors in the present-day city required planned residential sectors oriented to the provisions of the natural environment. Additionally, the charter situated the city in terms of its relational connections, to the surrounding region, to economic imperatives, and to political and social exigencies.

Keywords:   Athens Charter, urbanism, the city, dwelling, leisure, work, circulation, environment

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