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Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century Paperback – June 24, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0631232520 ISBN-10: 0631232524 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (June 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631232524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631232520
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 <!--end-->

"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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 12, 2010
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Peter Hall (Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley) has written many books on urban planning, and this 1988 book is a wonderful summary and history of various progressive "new cities" movements from 1880 to the present.

Hall includes chapters on such subjects as "Cities of Imagination," "Reactions to the Nineteenth-Century Slum City," "The Garden City Solution," "The Birth of Regional Planning," "The City Beautiful Movement," "The Corbusian Radiant City," "The Automobile Suburb," and more.

He begins by noting that "The really striking point is that many, though by no means all, of the early visions of the planning movement stemmed from the anarchist movement, which flourished in the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth."

Hall opines that "despite doughty competition, Ebenezer Howard (inventor of the "Garden City" concept) is the most important single character in this entire tale." He also observes that "The Stein-Wright Radburn cities are unquestionably the most important American contribution to the garden-city tradition. True, on strict criteria, like their European counterparts they fail to qualify; all three are now long since submerged in the general sprawl of suburbia, and to seek them out on the ground demands a good map and some degree of determination. But as garden suburbs, they mark perhaps the most significant advance in design beyond the standards set by Unwin and Parker."

Despite his enthusiasm, Hall is capable of objectivity: "the new towns are self-evidently good places to live and above all to grow up in; they do exist in harmony with their surrounding countryside and the sheer mindless ugliness of the worst of the old sprawl has been eliminated.
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Cities of Tomorrow is thoroughly researched. I have read several books on Cities and evolution of Cities, the culture, the work, the societies, the sense of community. I am studying what is a city, how the cities are understood. I am working on a solution to the NY and the damage that was done by Hurricane Sandy.

The solution rest with the understanding the City, the community, the access, the livability and of course the safe refuge and the functional infrastructure.

Unfortunately I didn't get the project but I think reading this book, and Lewis Mumford etc. was an experience that elevated my solutions to some of the hazzards that needed more than just infracture but a soul for the community.

BMartin
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Lobo on September 21, 2008
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A reference classic to approach with a critical eye the history of urban planning. Probably what Peter Hall is most recognized for...
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21 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
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My university is using this book as a text as part of our study of Planning History. It is a very good read and is unlike a textbook. Outlines planning history from 1880 to 1980.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathleen rengert on February 24, 2014
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I would have given this history five starts but occasionally the articles were redundant. The organization of the chapters might be improved. A well written and readable textbook.
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