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Australian Metropolis

A Planning History, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert Freestone, Stephen Hamnett


240 pages

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The Australian Metropolis splendidly fills a huge gap in the literature on Australian cities. It is the definitive account of the history of Australian cities and the crucial role which planning has played in their genesis and growth. Spanning two centuries from the very beginning until the present day, it will instantly become a standard work ' Professor Sir Peter Hall, author of Cities in Civilisation..

The Australian Metropolis provides a single-volume introduction to the development of urban planning. It fills the need for a convenient, initial resource for anyone interested in the broad evolutionary sweep of modern planning. By setting the evolution of Australian planning within its broader societal context, The Australian Metropolis presents a balanced appraisal of the positive, negative and ambivalent legacies resulting from attempts to plan Australia's major cities. This book is the winner of two Royal Australian Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence in 2000/2001, including the New South Wales' Division Prize for Planning Scholarship in February 2001.


'This book fills a glaring gap in the literature of planning history…a set of outstanding essays from experts in their fields, which cover the entire gamut of Australian planning from Botany Bay to the millennium. This admirable book is an unvarnished and dispassionate record of a very special and important planning tradition.' - Sir Peter Hall, Built Environment

'The collection of essays effectively combines both planning theory and practice … The range of academic disciplines from which the contributors come from adds an extra freshness to the work, and makes it relevant to contemporary urban planners and sociologists, as well as urban historians.' - Urban History

'Deserves to be read by a wide audience of students, town planners and public policy practitioners … The book is highly readable and so should find a wide non-specialist audience with an interest in the history of Australian cities and towns.' - Urban Studies

'This is a wonderful addition to the history of urban planning in Australia. A very readable text and one I would not hesitate to recommend to any undergraduate student wanting to get an understanding of the development of the Australian Metropolis.' - Ed Wensing, Australian Journal of Environmental Management

'The Australian Metropolis has much to commend it, both as a text book and as a general reference. It is well written and edited, the authors make good and appropriate use of figures, and the material and arguments are presented in a accessible fashion.' - Urban Policy and Rearch

There is probably no better book to give a succint and clear background to the forces that have shaped Australia's major cities over the past 200 years. - APA Journal, Summer 2002

Table of Contents

Figures. Tables. Contributors. Introduction. 1: Founding Cities in Nineteenth-Century Australia. 2: From City Improvement to the City Beautiful. 3: Towards Metropolitan Organisation: Town Planning and Garden City Idea. 4: From Theory to Practice: The Inter-War Years. 5: A New Paradigm: Planning and Reconstruction in the 1940s. 6: The Post-War City. 7: The Corridor City: Planning for Growth in the 1960s 8: Administrative Coordination, Urban Management and Strategic Planning in the 1970s. 9: The Revival of Metropolitan Planning. 10: The Late 1990s: Competitive Versus Sustainable Cities. Notes. Index.

About the Series

Planning, History and Environment Series

This series offers a unique window on the creation of the modern environment. Designed for an international readership, the emphasis is on:

  • urban and regional planning
  • recent as well as longer-term history
  • what the past can tell us about the present
  • local as well as global and comparative topics

Within this framework the books address three themes:

  • regional, continental and comparative studies
  • planning histories of key cities
  • changing planning ideologies and policies


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