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Community ArchitectThe Life and Vision of Clarence S. Stein$
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Kristin E. Larsen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702464

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702464.001.0001

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A Thinkers’ Network and The City Housing Corporation

A Thinkers’ Network and The City Housing Corporation

(p.60) 3 A Thinkers’ Network and The City Housing Corporation
Community Architect

Kristin E. Larsen

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Clarence Samuel Stein's collaborative approach to community design with a specific focus on the formation and initiatives of the Regional Planning Association of America (RPAA). It first provides an overview of Stein's early connections in housing policy and regionalism, along with his marriage to Aline MacMahon, before turning to the RPAA, conceived by Stein to address housing policy, community design, and regional planning, with the goal of building a Garden City. It also examines the City Housing Corporation's (CHC) community building and design strategy as well as its innovations in mortgage financing; the New York Housing and Regional Planning Commission's (HRPC) advocacy of a comprehensive housing program; the RPAA's participation in the 1925 International Town Planning Conference (ITPC) held in New York City; and the inception of the Radburn Idea. The chapter concludes with an assessment of Stein's advocacy of communitarian regionalism and metropolitanism and the CHC's demise during the 1930s.

Keywords:   communitarian regionalism, Clarence Samuel Stein, community design, Regional Planning Association of America, Aline MacMahon, Garden City, City Housing Corporation, New York Housing and Regional Planning Commission, Radburn Idea, metropolitanism

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