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  • Paperback: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3rd Edition edition (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631232524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631232520
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.9 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“ Cities of Tomorrow remains the definitive story of modern Euro–American planning. The seamless integration of new information and perspectives in this latest edition reaffirms its status as a classic, compelling and extraordinarily readable synthesis.” Robert Freestone, University of New South Wales <!––end––> "Peter Hall′s new edition of Cities of Tomorrow is better than ever. With extraordinary skill he weaves the separate strands of planning of the last century into a rich tapestry that vividly displays its intricate links, perceptively portrays the foundations of today′s profession yet cleverly reveals the field′s enduring questions and concerns. To do this in one volume is a work of genius!" Genie Birch, University of Pennsylvania This classic history of modern urban planning has now been updated for the new century with a third edition. Cities of Tomorrow is an excellent guide to the urban development of the 20th century, and a good platform from which to view the evolution of the 21st. Amanda Huron, Urban Land

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Cities of Tomorrow remains the definitive story of modern Euro–American planning. The seamless integration of new information and perspectives in this latest edition reaffirms its status as a classic, compelling and extraordinarily readable synthesis.”
Robert Freestone, University of New South Wales

"Peter Hall′s new edition of Cities of Tomorrow is better than ever. With extraordinary skill he weaves the separate strands of planning of the last century into a rich tapestry that vividly displays its intricate links, perceptively portrays the foundations of today′s profession yet cleverly reveals the field′s enduring questions and concerns. To do this in one volume is a work of genius!"
Genie Birch, University of Pennsylvania

"This classic history of modern urban planning has now been updated for the new century with a third edition. Cities of Tomorrow is an excellent guide to the urban development of the 20th century, and a good platform from which to view the evolution of the 21st."
– Amanda Huron, Urban Land --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 April 2012
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I purchased this book to complement Garvins, The American City, the two are an unmatched first introduction the Urbanism as an intellectual concept. Being a Masters student in Urban Planning I found the book extremely helpful in plugging any historical knowledge gaps that I had, moreover it gave me a greater appreciation of the vast amount of work that lay behind some innovation I simply viewed as being incremental.
I couldn't recommend this book any higher to anyone with an enquiring mind irrespective of discipline background, I'm sure there's a lot of value in this book for practising planners today.
The only other recommendation I would make is to consider The American City: What Works, What Doesn't.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar 2001
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This is a great book, which explores in a concise and interesting manner, the growth and development of cities around the world. An essential bible for architects, urban designers and planners as well as being an fascinating and inforamative read for people just interested in the various great cities of the world.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alliquant on 12 July 2010
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Good book full of dates and figures. Mr. Hall reviews the succesful of urbanism trends during the XX century, focusing on America and UK examples. Useful for understanding these extraordinary period of urban planning studies.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A MAGNIFICENT HISTORY OF VARIOUS "NEW CITIES" MOVEMENTS 12 Jan 2010
By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
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Peter Hall (Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley) has written many books on urban planning, and this 1988 book is a wonderful summary and history of various progressive "new cities" movements from 1880 to the present.

Hall includes chapters on such subjects as "Cities of Imagination," "Reactions to the Nineteenth-Century Slum City," "The Garden City Solution," "The Birth of Regional Planning," "The City Beautiful Movement," "The Corbusian Radiant City," "The Automobile Suburb," and more.

He begins by noting that "The really striking point is that many, though by no means all, of the early visions of the planning movement stemmed from the anarchist movement, which flourished in the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth."

Hall opines that "despite doughty competition, Ebenezer Howard (inventor of the "Garden City" concept) is the most important single character in this entire tale." He also observes that "The Stein-Wright Radburn cities are unquestionably the most important American contribution to the garden-city tradition. True, on strict criteria, like their European counterparts they fail to qualify; all three are now long since submerged in the general sprawl of suburbia, and to seek them out on the ground demands a good map and some degree of determination. But as garden suburbs, they mark perhaps the most significant advance in design beyond the standards set by Unwin and Parker."

Despite his enthusiasm, Hall is capable of objectivity: "the new towns are self-evidently good places to live and above all to grow up in; they do exist in harmony with their surrounding countryside and the sheer mindless ugliness of the worst of the old sprawl has been eliminated. But it is not quite as rich and worthy and high-minded as they hoped: a good life, but not a new civilization."

This book will be of considerable interest to persons interested in urban planning, the New Urbanism, Garden Cities, Ecocities, Village Homes, etc.
Cities Tomorrow 7 May 2013
By Bernard W. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Cities of Tomorrow is thoroughly researched. I have read several books on Cities and evolution of Cities, the culture, the work, the societies, the sense of community. I am studying what is a city, how the cities are understood. I am working on a solution to the NY and the damage that was done by Hurricane Sandy.

The solution rest with the understanding the City, the community, the access, the livability and of course the safe refuge and the functional infrastructure.

Unfortunately I didn't get the project but I think reading this book, and Lewis Mumford etc. was an experience that elevated my solutions to some of the hazzards that needed more than just infracture but a soul for the community.

BMartin
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Essential Planning History 21 Sep 2008
By Daniel Lobo - Published on Amazon.com
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A reference classic to approach with a critical eye the history of urban planning. Probably what Peter Hall is most recognized for...
21 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Good read and study of planning history! 18 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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My university is using this book as a text as part of our study of Planning History. It is a very good read and is unlike a textbook. Outlines planning history from 1880 to 1980.
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Well written history of urbanization 24 Feb 2014
By kathleen rengert - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have given this history five starts but occasionally the articles were redundant. The organization of the chapters might be improved. A well written and readable textbook.
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