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San José State University
Assistant Professor Department of Art and Art History
Anthony Raynsford is an architectural and urban design historian, whose interdisciplinary research interests bridge across cultural, intellectual and art history, particularly of the 20th century. His teaching seeks to develop a critical understanding of the interlocking social and aesthetic issues faced by architects and designers, both currently and historically. Professor Raynsford's current book project is entitled, Modernism and the Archaic City: The Pre-Industrial Past in the Imagination of 20th Century Urban Design. Related to this project are also a number of papers and essays, including a recent article on the writings of urban planner, Kevin Lynch.
Modernism and the Archaic City: The Pre-Industrial Past in the Imagination of 20th Century Urban Design Criticizing the apparent chaos of the present, many architects and planners of the twentieth century imagined a coherent order in the archaic cities of the preindustrial past. Moreover, they employed detailed examples of preindustrial urban forms in order to address what they saw as the most urgent problems of contemporary cities. Surprisingly however, few historians have commented on this phenomenon. Revising standard accounts of modernism’s break with history, Professor Raynsford maps out previously submerged connections among the images and discourses of urban design. He argues that the modernist idealization of archaic form was central to the genesis and definition of the modernist city.
the City,", Article published in the Journal of Urban Design
Planning of World War II London," Paper delivered the 1st meeting of the EAHN, Guimarães, Portugal, June, 2010
Ledoux’s Project for the Saline de Chaux.” Article published in Chicago Art Journal.
Current and Recent Courses at SJSU
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Bay Area Architectural Organizations
National and International Architectural Resources
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