Lewis Mumford Analysis
Although Lewis Mumford is not mentioned in this week’s reading assignment, his understanding of city design and the conflict which might arise when poor planning is engaged shines through in various sections in the text.
Through most of Mumford’s writings, his criticism towards modern man’s lifestyle is evident. From the transformation of the use of money as a commodity, the ever growing advancements in technology, to his thoughts on how new cities were growing out of control.” Mumford uses the example of the medieval city as the basis for the "ideal city," and claims that the modern city is too close to the Roman city (the sprawling megalopolis) which ended in collapse; if the modern city carries on in the same vein, Mumford argues, then it will meet the same fate as the Roman city” (" Lewis Mumford," n.d., table 2.7). Mumford conveyed that the use of money was in his view an example of megatechnics, part of modern technology. He felt that wealth was something which should hold a closer connection to the actual object instead of transforming into an abstract value. Moreover, Mumford spared no words when it came to critiquing modern day economics. Furthermore, he expressed that he felt there was a significant flaw in the way modern production of most manufactured goods were being handled. He felt …show more content…
Lewis Mumford did have a few positive viewpoints that he shared with the world in referencing technology.