The Capital of Europe: Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union

The Capital of Europe: Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union

by Carola Hein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275978745

ISBN-13: 9780275978747

Pub. Date: 12/30/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

What makes up a capital city? In this first comprehensive look at the architectural and urban visions for a European capital, Hein examines how these visions compare to the reality of the three headquarter cities for the European Union: Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and Brussels. Tracing the history of the EU and its creation of the new political entity of the

Overview

What makes up a capital city? In this first comprehensive look at the architectural and urban visions for a European capital, Hein examines how these visions compare to the reality of the three headquarter cities for the European Union: Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and Brussels. Tracing the history of the EU and its creation of the new political entity of the polycentric capital, Hein explores the impact that European unification has on visionary projects and the transformation of EU member cities. Widely researched, the book also brings in architectural projects that have remained largely unknown until now.

Using architectural and urban history as a lens, Hein examines the past five decades of European unification. Also analyzed for the first time are the debates, plans, projects, and constructions—both realized and failed—that accompanied this process. Looking to the future, Hein asserts that the task of these three capital cities is to balance the needs of a collective Europe with national, local, and—increasingly—regional demands.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275978747
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2004
Series:
Perspectives on the Twentieth Century Series
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: European Identities and the Capital City Question

Imagining Built Europe

Envisioning the Center: World Cities and International Buildings as Precursors to the European Capital Debate

Urban Visions and Architectural Symbols for a United Europe 1945-1968

Building the European Communities From Within: Competitions for a Capital in 1952 and 1958

Building Europe's Image

Strasbourg: Parliamentary Capital of Europe

Luxembourg: Judicial Capital of Europe

Brussels: Executive Capital of Europe

Conclusion: Rethinking Capitals and Europe

Appendix

Glossary of European Organizations and Institutions

Selected Biographical Notes

Timeline

Archival References

Select Bibliography

Index

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