Builders of 20th Century America Public Works

Course Outline and Links to Slides

 Class I – Precedents - Canals to Railroads, Parks and Skyscrapers in 1800’s

Slides - http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rpjhand@pacbell.net/album/576460762385017781

Introduction: Moses in Egypt to Robert Moses in New York to Robert Moses today: Ten Commandments, USNews

Great transport, parks, fairs of 19 th Century US built by hand 6f

Summary of New York and Robert Moses 7m

Video Option http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/tcrr/filmmore/fd.htmlhttp://www.pbs.org/wnet/newyork/series/index.html Eisode 1-2http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/tcrr/timeline/index.html http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/brooklynbridge/timeline/http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/archives_themes_landscape.html

World Moses Built - Introduction

Class II – Chicago to Early 1945

Slides - http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rpjhand@pacbell.net/album/576460762384957538#page1

Introduction: Chicago, City of Century http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/chicago/timeline/timeline2.html;

From swampy fort on prairie to nations’ railroad hub and fiery demise 10e

 

Building to Support Growth of 19 th Century US Cities as Industry Explodes

Rebuilding as skyscrapers soar on ashes, future is planned 8e

Video Optionhttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/chicago/filmmore/pt_3.html

Class III – California and West Water and Transportation to 1945

Slides - http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rpjhand@pacbell.net/album/576460762386014124#page1

Introduction: Dams for water in west http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/hoover/timeline/index.html

California Valley irrigation http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~martins/hydro/case_studies/cadillac_desert.htm

Early Spanish discovery, long neglect, American settlers in 1840’s, rapid growth, 1906 earthquake, fire

 

Development of water in West to thrive and grow 7g

Shift from rail to road and changing transportation infrastructure

Video Option: Golden Gate Bridgehttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/goldengate/filmmore/fd.html;

Hoover Dam http://www.pbs.org/greatprojects/tour/taleof2rivers_4.html;

Bonneville and Columbia River http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~martins/hydro/case_studies/cadillac_desert.htm

 

Class IV - New York and Rise of Robert Moses through World War II

Slides - http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rpjhand@pacbell.net/album/576460762387567081#page1

Robert Moses rise to power and success 9m

Factors for post war changes in America

Video Option; American Experience World That Moses Built

Class V - VI - Post War Rise of Suburbs and Challenge to Cities 1945-1960

Slides - http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rpjhand@pacbell.net/album/576460762388462949

http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rpjhand@pacbell.net/album/576460762388454057

Moses resumes building New York 9m

Federal government initiates, post war funding and public works

Social and value changes and effect on public works

Video Option http://www.pbs.org/wnet/newyork/series/index.html Episode 7

Class VII – Dissent, Protest, Neighborhood Input Since 1960

Slides - http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rpjhand@pacbell.net/album/576460762388562449

Proposals developed and refined through democratic process and constituent input 8h-I, 8a-d, 1c, 9n

Examples of approaches to dissent, response, resolution, 8a-d

Added complexities that influence public works cost and completion in succeeding decades

Video: Building Green Episodes http://www.pbs.org/designe2/

Class VIII - Limits of Growth and Legacy of Public Building After 1960’s

Slides Then and Now - http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rpjhand@pacbell.net/album/576460762388570283

What has been learned to balance proposal and input, achieve consensus and build public works? 1-7

Could Jane Addams Hull House insights have avoided slum clearance, urban renewal?

Disillusion and decline of public housing and Great Society commitments

Cost escalation and delays on new building due to dissent, environment, discrimination

Public works become integrated with increasingly globalized world

Enormous new public works in Asian, oil rich countries 9z, 10j

New York , Chicago, San Francisco public works: Past, present and future potential 1-7, 9-10

 

Discussion on balance of public works needs with democratic and environmental imperatives

Conclusions and Lessons for challenges and opportunities of today