chapter  4
FOUR Encounters with the field
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The most comprehensive early modern attempt to design ordinary environment was Tony Garnier’s Une Cité Industrielle: Étude pour la Construction des Villes.1 Begun at the turn of the twentieth century, Garnier’s drawings propose a fully conceived and exquisitely rendered environment for modern society. There are public buildings, transportation systems, factories, sports facilities, schools and residential neighborhoods.The design depicts turn of the twentiethcentury expectations for the future – the dynamics of bustling crowds and large public buildings. It also predicts the domestic affluence and calm of modest urban villas and of apartment buildings of equally modest size, sited in communal gardens with walkways shaded by trees and lined with shrubs. Flower beds blend with porches and sculpture.