Peter Hall is Professor of Planning at University College, London and Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning at Berkeley, University of California. Fellow of the British Academy, Chair of the Town & Country Planning Association, he is an acclaimed author of over thirty books, many of which have defined the field. Colin Ward is a freelance writer and has published widely on housing and unofficial environments. His particular interests include the history of plotlands, allotments and holiday camps.
Sociable Cities; The Legacy of Ebenezer Howardby Peter Hall, Colin Ward
Sociable Cities is published to coincide with the centenary of the publication of Ebenezer Howard's revolutionary Garden Cities of Tomorrow. Howard's book would prove to be the most influential work on city planning in the 20th Century. The book provided the template for some thirty new towns in the United Kingdom - and countless others across the rest of the world - helped to establish the Town and Country Planning Association and ultimately led to an Act of Parliament which established how the building of our cities would be governed. At its heart, Garden Cities argues for a return to civilised and sustainable urban communities. Sociable Cities assesses how Howard's work has faced up to the concerns of the 20th Century. Rarely have these concerns - the development of brown and green field sites, public versus private transport, the political will behind sustainability, public access to the countryside, and the quality of life in and the future of out cities - been so pressing. Finally, in analysing future trends, Peter Hall and Colin Ward take Howard's Garden Cities into the 21st Century. This landmark book will be of interest to all who are concerned for the future of our cities and the future of our countryside.
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