(Re)Presenting the Street: Video and Visual Culture in Planning

  • Elihu Rubin
Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 7)


The practice of city planning cannot be separated from its visual culture: the images produced by urban professionals to make proposals, advance arguments, and assert expertise. By way of prologue, consider a drawing created by Jules Guérin for the 1909 Plan of Chicago (Fig. 5.1). In the blink of an eye, the picture embodies the plan. Reproduced on the paperback cover of Peter Hall’s Cities of Tomorrow (1988) for nearly every recent student of city planning to see, the image of a new Civic Center for Chicago has come to stand for many of the ideals of city planning: bold physical proposals, a progressive role for government, the enhancement of the public realm.


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The University of California Transportation Center at Berkeley sponsored the research for this project, and I thank Betty Deakin for her support of video as a form of planning research and practice. I am indebted to Leonie Sandercock and Giovanni Attili for their incisive editorial observations and encouragement to pursue a self-reflexive voice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale School of ArchitectureNew HavenUSA

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