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Manual de Urbanismo (Bogota, 1939)

Volume 1

By Karl Brunner

Introduction by Arturo Almandoz

Translated by Arturo Almandoz

© 2016 – Routledge

394 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Unlike European countries where the consolidation of town planning was based on legislative reforms, Latin America’s urbanismo mainly stemmed from urban plans for national capitals and metropolises. Austrian academic and planner Karl Brunner was hired in Chile, Colombia and Panama from the late 1920s to advise in the professional and academic domains, marking a shift from the so-called École Française d’Urbanisme (EFU) of Haussmannesque descent towards the Austrian-German Städtebau,

While coordinating the municipal office and plan for Bogotá, Brunner translated his Manual de Urbanismo – the first textbook published in Latin America about the new discipline and the first to incorporate examples from local cities. Based on his 1924 course at Vienna’s National Faculty of Architecture Brunner’s Manual emphasized the ‘scientific system’ of the discipline. Brunner was the most influential figure of his time in the urban planning of the region, but has become overshadowed by Le Corbusier's and CIAM’s prevailing influence after the Second World War.

Complete with a supporting introduction written by Arturo Almandoz, this volume includes the full copy of the original Manual de Urbanismo with an English translation of the synthesis. Further materials, including an extract of Karl Brunner's "Problemas actuales de urbanización" and an accompanying English translation of the text can be accessed at

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Karl Brunner’s contribution to Latin America’s urbanismo

2. Manual de Urbanismo Volume 1

3. Translation into English of the Synthesis only, pp 1-65 of Manual de Urbanismo

4. The following further material can be accessed at

Karl Brunner, "Problemas actuales de urbanización", Anales de la Universidad de Chile, year VIII, term 1, 1930, pp. 11-40.

Translation into English of ‘Problemas Actuales de Urbanizacion’ by Arturo Almandoz.

About the Author

Arturo Almandoz is Professor at Simón Bolívar University, Caracas, and Professor Adjunct in Satiago's Catholic University of Chile. He has published extensively on Latin America and has taught at other universities in the region.

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Studies in International Planning History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development