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Planning, History and Environment Series

About the 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


65 Series Titles

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Olympic Cities City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896 – 2032

Olympic Cities: City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896 – 2032

4th Edition


Edited By John Gold, Margaret M Gold
April 09, 2024

The first edition of Olympic Cities, published in 2007, provided a pioneering overview of the changing relationship between cities and the modern Olympic Games. This substantially revised and much enlarged fourth edition builds on the success of its predecessors. The first of its three parts ...

Building Colonial Hong Kong Speculative Development and Segregation in the City

Building Colonial Hong Kong: Speculative Development and Segregation in the City

1st Edition


By Cecilia L. Chu
January 29, 2024

In the 1880s, Hong Kong was a booming colonial entrepôt, with many European, especially British, residents living in palatial mansions in the Mid-Levels and at the Peak. But it was also a ruthless migrant city where Chinese workers shared bedspaces in the crowded tenements of Taipingshan. Despite ...

Riyadh Transforming a Desert City

Riyadh: Transforming a Desert City

1st Edition

By Yasser Elsheshtawy
May 31, 2023

Riyadh has set its sights on becoming a world city befitting the twenty-first century. To that end it has embarked on a massive construction drive evidenced in the proliferation of proposals for high-end districts, giga-developments and elaborate infrastructures. An urban vision seemingly dedicated...

Being Urban Community, Conflict and Belonging in the Middle East

Being Urban: Community, Conflict and Belonging in the Middle East

1st Edition

Edited By Simon Goldhill
January 09, 2023

In Being Urban, Simon Goldhill and his team of outstanding urbanists explore the meaning of the urban condition, with particular reference to the Middle East. As Goldhill explains in his introduction, ‘What is a good city?’, five questions motivate the book: How can a city be systematically planned...

Supergrid and Superblock Lessons in Urban Structure from China and Japan

Supergrid and Superblock: Lessons in Urban Structure from China and Japan

1st Edition

By Xiaofei Chen
October 03, 2022

In this superbly illustrated book Xiaofei Chen presents the first analysis in English of a ubiquitous East Asian urban phenomenon: the supergrid and superblock urban structure. The book opens with an introductory essay by Barrie Shelton in which he sets the scene for what is to follow, emphasizing ...

The Settlement Patterns of Britain Past, Present and the Future Foretold in Eight Essays

The Settlement Patterns of Britain: Past, Present and the Future Foretold in Eight Essays

1st Edition

By Nick Green
June 09, 2022

In writing The Settlement Patterns of Britain Nick Green was inspired by the short story genre. His book is a collection of eight non-fiction short stories or essays, where the characters are the places, some of which appear more than once, usually as bit-part players, occasionally as the main ...

Festival Cities Culture, Planning and Urban Life

Festival Cities: Culture, Planning and Urban Life

1st Edition

By John R. Gold, Margaret M. Gold
December 04, 2020

Festivals have always been part of city life, but their relationship with their host cities has continually changed. With the rise of industrialization, they were largely considered peripheral to the course of urban affairs. Now they have become central to new ways of thinking about the challenges ...

Australian Metropolis A Planning History

Australian Metropolis: A Planning History

1st Edition

Edited By Robert Freestone, Stephen Hamnett
December 02, 1999

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...

Planning Metropolitan Australia

Planning Metropolitan Australia

1st Edition

Edited By Stephen Hamnett, Robert Freestone
March 23, 2020

Australia has long been a highly (sub)urbanized nation, but the major distinctive feature of its contemporary settlement pattern is that the great majority of Australians live in a small number of large metropolitan areas focused on the state capital cities. The development and application of ...

No Little Plans How Government Built America’s Wealth and Infrastructure

No Little Plans: How Government Built America’s Wealth and Infrastructure

1st Edition

By Ian Wray
June 11, 2019

Is planning for America anathema to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness? Is it true, as ideologues like Friedrich Von Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand have claimed, that planning leads to dictatorship, that the state is wholly destructive, and that prosperity is owed entirely to the ...

Planning Singapore The Experimental City

Planning Singapore: The Experimental City

1st Edition

Edited By Stephen Hamnett, Belinda Yuen
May 24, 2019

Two hundred years ago, Sir Stamford Raffles established the modern settlement of Singapore with the intent of seeing it become ‘a great commercial emporium and fulcrum’. But by the time independence was achieved in 1965, the city faced daunting problems of housing shortage, slums and high ...

Temporary Cities Resisting Transience in Arabia

Temporary Cities: Resisting Transience in Arabia

1st Edition

By Yasser Elsheshtawy
April 10, 2019

Are Arab Gulf cities, the likes of Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha, on their way to extinction? Is their fate obsolescence? Or, are they the model for our urban future? Can a city whose very existence is predicated on an imported labour force who build and operate these gleaming urban centres remain a ...

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