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Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880 Paperback – 30 May 2014
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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.”
―The Architectural Review
“This is the one book you have to read.”
―American Planning Association Journal
“An enthralling journey through the history of city planning.”
―The Geographical Journal
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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