Visionary Metropolis: Tony Garnier’s Une Cité Industrielle
Tony Garnier's Une Cité Industrielle (1904–17) is one of the most remarkable attempts to reimagine the modern city. A prominent French architect, Garnier spent more than a decade devising and illustrating in exquisite detail a plan for an urban plan that would foster both social and environmental harmony. Visionary Metropolis includes more than twenty of the design drawings and illustrations that Garnier produced for this project, demonstrating his ideas about how rational design could mitigate the destructive impacts of industrial development.
Visionary Metropolis is presented as part of Ecohumanities for Cities in Crisis (ecohumanities.fiu.edu), a series of events exploring the relationship between urbanism and ecology. Ecohumanities for Cities in Crisis is supported by a grant from the Humanities in the Public Square Initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and organized by Florida International University’s Department of History. David Rifkind, associate professor of architecture and associate dean of students in FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, served as guest curator.