Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century / Edition 3

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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. Now comprehensively revised, the fourth edition offers a perceptive, critical, and global history of urban planning and design throughout the twentieth-century and beyond.

  • A revised and updated edition of this classic text from one of the most notable figures in the field of urban planning and design
  • Offers an incisive, insightful, and unrivalled critical history of planning in theory and practice, as well as of the underlying socio-economic challenges and opportunities
  • Comprehensively revised to take account of abundant new research published over the last decade
  • Reviews the development of the modern planning movement over the entire span of the twentieth-century and beyond
  • Draws on global examples throughout, and weaves the author’s own fascinating experiences into the text to illustrate this authoritative story of urban growth
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Editorial Reviews

Hall (Urban and Regional Planning, U. of California, Berkeley) shows the benevolent influence of the anarchist ideals of Reclus and Kropotkin in the work of Howard, Geddes and Lloyd Wright which found expression in garden cities and community planning. He contrasts this with the totalitarian vision of Le Corbusier which, spurned by Mussolini and Stalin, was enthusiastically taken up by countless city authorities in Europe and America, and finds nightmare expression in the cities of Brasilia and Chandigarh and in all too visbile high-rise slums and vandalized spaces. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631232643
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 3RD, REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Peter Hall is Professor of Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London. He is the author of nearly 30 books in planning and related subjects, including London 2000 (1963), The World Cities, third edition (1984), High Tech America (with Ann Markusen & Amy Glasmeier, 1986), Great Planning Disasters (1992), and Cities in Civilization (1999). He has been credited with the invention of the Enterprise Zone concept, which has been widely employed in the USA and Europe. An advisor to governments and international agencies across the globe, Professor Hall is known throughout the world for his contribution both to the theory and to the practice of city and regional planning.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
1 Cities of Imagination 1
2 The City of Dreadful Night 13
3 The City of By-Pass Variegated 47
4 The City in the Garden 86
5 The City in the Region 136
6 The City of Monuments 174
7 The City of Towers 203
8 The City of Sweat Equity 241
9 The City on the Highway 273
10 The City of Theory 319
11 The City of Enterprise 342
12 The City of the Permanent Underclass 361
13 The City of Tarnished Belle Epoque 401
References 423
A Note on Literature Published Since 1986 475
Index 481
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