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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 4th Revised edition edition (30 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118456475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118456477
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is nothing less than a history of the ideology and practice of urban planning through the century … [a] most readable tour de force.”
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“This is the one book you have to read.”
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“An enthralling journey through the history of city planning.”
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Peter Hall’s seminal Cities of Tomorrow remains an unrivalled account of the history of planning in theory and practice, as well as of the social and economic problems and opportunities that gave rise to it. Written by one of the most revered figures in the field of urban planning and design, this classic text offers a perceptive, critical, and global history of urban planning and design throughout the twentieth–century and beyond.

Now comprehensively revised, the fourth edition takes account of the abundant new research published over the last decade, and draws on global examples throughout. Making use of a broad range of cities within his discussions, the author weaves his own fascinating experiences into this authoritative story of urban growth.

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Sir Peter Hall is a legend~
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HASH(0x8fa4aab0) out of 5 stars A bravura excursion through a century of urban development 13 Feb. 2015
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This book is a very impressive work of synthesis about a huge topic. Professor Hall traces a series of diverse themes about the city planning process that overlap, reinforce, and contradict one another at various moments. He does so with humor and erudition, encompassing an enormous number of books and hundreds of examples of urban planning successes and failures with which he was personally familiar. The book is not perfect. There are a couple of instances where he mentions a specific city in the sub head of a chapter title, only to fail to mention anything about that city in the actual text. At one point he extensively quotes himself, referring to himself by his name without providing any acknowledgement that he is quoting himself. He also does not offer his own all encompassing definition or theory of the city planning process, and his recurring theme seems to be that the various approaches to planning promised great things but all too often delivered very little.

The book also contains some surprises. For a field that today is considered by many Americans to represent government interference with private property rights, Professor Hall argues that many of the founders in the field embraced the anarchist tradition, meaning, in this case, that they emphasized individuals and groups taking the initiative to improve their community independent of government. Most of the basic ideas and issues in planning originated before World War Two and have never really gone away. And there was a fascinating oscillation of planning concepts between Europe and the United States, in many cases originating in Europe, being tried and abandoned in the US, and then being applied back in Europe. I only wish the author had been a bit more selective in his use of examples to make his points, because sometimes it is difficult for the reader to see the forest because of the trees.
HASH(0x8fccc6b4) out of 5 stars Excellent history 9 April 2016
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One of the single best books on the history of urban form and planning. I cite it all the time and chapters stand alone as perfect reading assignments for advanced undergraduates and graduates.
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So boring !!
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