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Planning Europe's Capital Cities
Aspects of Nineteenth-Century Urban Development

ISBN 9780415552493
Published November 25, 2009 by Routledge
408 Pages

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Book Description

During the nineteenth century many of Europe's capital cities were subject to major expansion and improvement schemes - from Vienna's Ringstrasse to the boulevards of Paris.
Thomas Hall examines the planning process in fifteen of those cities and addresses the following questions: when and why did planning begin, and what problems was it meant to solve? Who developed the projects, and how, and who made the decisions? What urban ideas are expressed in the projects? What were the legal consequences of the plans, and how did they actually affect subsequent urban development in the individual cities? What similarities or differences can be identified between the various schemes? How have such schemes affected the development of urban planning in general?

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Introduction  2. From Hippodamus to Haussmann: Town Planning in a Historical Perspective  Part 1: The Cities  3. Paris  4. London  5. Helsinki  6. Athens  7. Christiania  8. Barcelona  9. Madrid  10. Copenhagen  11. Vienna  12. Berlin  13. Stockholm  14. Brussels  15. Amsterdam  16. Budapest  17. Rome  Part 2: Capital City Planning  18. The Background and Motivation for the Plans  19. The Authors of the Plans  20. The Decision Process  21. Content and Purpose of the Plans  22. Elements of the Plans  23. Attitudes to Cityscape  24. Implementation and Results  25. The Role of the Capital City Projects in Planning History

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Thomas Hall is Professor of Art History at Stockholm University. His teaching and research focus on the history of architecture and urban design, especially that of Stockholm.


'...a labour of love and a major contribution to the burgeoning international will fill an evident gap in the available scholarship.' - Peter Hall, University College, London

" ...a work of comparative history at its best. There are no false comparisons or wide-ranging generalisations. Instead there is a meticulous review... magnificiently produced, the quality of illustrations is outstandingly good and the author has been given space for text and notes which makes it extremely easy to use. Nothing but praise and thanks to the author for a work which will give so much pleasure and instruction."

'Planning Europe's Capital Cities will also, as mentioned by Peter Hall in the foreword, 'throw light on great planners whose reputations have too long laid in their own lands and languages'. It will also inform visitors as to how many features, which now seem quintessential characteristics of the cultural heritage of many European cities, were created at the time.' - Claude Chaline, Town Planning Review

Hall's book is a useful resource for understanding the challenges faced by urban planners of large cities in the nineteenth century, and it is valuable as a starting point for scholars wishing to pursue further study of urban planning in nineteenth century Europe. - Erik C. Maiershofer, H-Urban