Between the World Wars the talent of Dutch town planner J.M. de Casseres (1902-1990) found expression in two visionary books and a clutch of influential articles. In an in-depth article published in February 1929 in the magazine De Gids under the title 'Grondslagen der planologie' (Principles of Planology) he invented a term for the new social-scientific discipline that would eventually enter the Dutch language.
De Casseres made it his life's work to elevate the art and craft of town planning to academic status, classifying the international planning body of knowledge and making it accessible and applicable. The results of this internationally supported body of knowledge are reflected not only in de Casseres's publications but also in a string of urban design proposals for towns across the Netherlands.
This republication of the De Gids article alongside five other influential de Casseres articles in translation and their original Dutch language form brings this key thinker into reach for a wider research audience.
Introduction, 1. Some Notes on Dutch Town Planning: a Sociological Study, 2. The National Highways Plan, 3. Het Rijkswegenplan, 4. Town Planning and Scientific Cartography, 5. Stedebouw en kaartenwetenschap, 6. The Principles of Planology, 7. Grondslagen der planologie, 8. Eindhoven, Holland. The Planning of an Industrial Town, 9. Air-raid Protection and Town Planning, 10. Luchtbescherming en stedebouw
The Studies in International Planning History series brings back to print influential texts from around the world about the study and practice of city and regional planning. The aim is to make material that is now difficult or impossible to obtain more widely available for the study of the internationalisation of planning ideas and local responses. Each book is a facsimile of the original work, (including an English translation if necessary) with an introductory essay written by an expert in the field putting the text into its contemporary and current context.