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Planning Latin America's Capital Cities 1850-1950

1st Edition

Edited by Arturo Almandoz


296 pages | 110 B/W Illus.

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In this first comprehensive work in English to describe the building of Latin America's capital cities in the postcolonial period, Arturo Almandoz and his contributors demonstrate how Europe, and France in particular, shaped their culture, architecture and planning until the United States began to play a part in the 1930s. A series of case studies are devoted to individual cities, each extensively illustrated and written by authorities on the city concerned. Providing a historical survey of Latin American urban development, this book also offers a new perspective on international planning.


'The structure, citation, illustration and coherence of each, set within a clear editorial frame, are a healthy reminder of the exceptional qualities, which were once much more common in edited volumes. This book has been a learning pleasure.' - Terry Farrell, Resource Urban Design Information web-site

'The book is lavishly illustrated with well-chosen diagrams maps and photographs. It is a welcome edition to the Routledge's Planning History and the Enironment Series.' - Environment and Planning B

Table of Contents

Foreword Anthony Sutcliffe 1. Introduction Arturo Almandoz 2. Urbanism and Urbanism in Latin America: from Haussmann to CIAM Arturo Almandoz Part 1: Capitals of the Booming Economies 3. Buenos Aires, A Great European City Ramón Gutiérrez 4. The Times of the Capitals. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo: Words, Actors, and Plans Margareth da Silva Pereira 5. Cities Within the City: Urban and Architectural Transfers - Santiago de Chile 1840-1940 Fernando Pérez Oyarzun and José Rosas Vera Part 2: Early Viceregal Capitals 6. The Urban Development of Mexico City, 1850-1930 Carol McMichael Reese 7. The Script of Urban Surgery : Lima, 1850-1940 Gabriel Ramon Part 3: The Caribbean Rim and Central America 8. Havana, from Tacon to Forestier Roberto Segre 9. Caracas: Territory, Architecture and Urban Space Lorenzo González Casas 10. Urbanism, Architecture, and Cultural Transformations in San Jose, Costa Rica 1850-1930 Florencia Quesada 11. Conclusions Arturo Almandoz

About the Editor

Arturo Almandoz is Associate Professor in the Urban Planning Department, Simón Bolivar University, Caracas.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning