Clarence Stein

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Clarence Stein, 1882–1975, American architect, b. New York City, studied architecture at Columbia and the École des Beaux-Arts. Stein worked in the office of Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, where he assisted in the planning of the San Diego World's Fair (1915). Along with Lewis Mumford and Henry Wright, Stein was a founding member of the Regional Planning Association of America, a group instrumental in importing Ebenezer Howard's garden city idea from England to the United States. Stein and Wright collaborated on the design of Radburn, New Jersey (1928–32), a garden suburb noted for its superblock layout. Stein wrote Toward New Towns for America (1951).

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Stein, Clarence S. (188–1975). American architect and planner. He founded the Regional Planning Association to promote solutions to urban overcrowding and applied Ebenezer Howard's Garden City ideas to two important developments: Sunnyside Gardens, Queens, NYC (from 1924), and Radburn, NJ (from 1926), both with Henry Wright (1878–1936). The separation of pedestrians from vehicular traffic and the large communal gardens of Radburn were influential, and Stein later promoted these in his Towards New Towns for America (1951). He advised on the creation of Chatham Village, Pittsburgh, PA (from 1930), and Baldwin Hills Village, Los Angeles, CA (from 1941). He was associated with Mumford and others in his work.


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