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October 3, 1967

Columbia University historian of city planning George R. Collins, visiting scholar in art, lectured on “Visionary City Planning in Our Century.” Collins taught Art 386a, “Modern City Planning,” and focusing his lecture on modern “geometrics,” “utopias” and “technological fantasies,” he concluded that “the visionary plans of our century tend toward the dynamic—expandable and expendable in character.”

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Collins’s Camillo Sitte and the Birth of Modern City Planning (1965) illuminated the work of the 19th century Austrian architect and innovator, and his 10-volume general edition of the “Planning and Cities” series (1968-75) traced the history of urbanism back to ancient and primitive societies.

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