Forest Hills Gardens. Il grande sogno americano delle città giardino, 100 anni dopo

Antonella Radicchi


The great american dream of city garden, 100 years after.

April, 2008. After having caught a glimpse of the future, working at M.I.T. on digital urban utopias, I left for New York City looking for history. There, at the beginning of the XX century, the first planned suburban community,
based on the Garden City ideals, were born: Forest Hills Gardens and Sunny Side Gardens in the Queens, and Radburn in the Fair Lawn, New Jersey. A completely different urban concept compared to the classical ones, based on the American grid; a concept that would have solved all “the machine age” problems, it was said at that time; a concept that would have affected all the urban planning from that time forward, it is said today.

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