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Studies in International Planning History


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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.

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1951 Exhibition of Architecture: Guide to the Exhibition of Architecture, Town Planning and Building Research

1951 Exhibition of Architecture: Guide to the Exhibition of Architecture, Town Planning and Building Research

Forthcoming

Harding McGregor Dunnett
November 22, 2017

The Festival of Britain is perhaps best known for its South Bank Exhibition promoting British science and art to the post-war world, but one of the most important elements was the Architecture Exhibition, based in Poplar in East London. This exhibition was used to demonstrate the principles of...

Town Planning towards City Development: A Report to the Durbar of Indore

Town Planning towards City Development: A Report to the Durbar of Indore

Forthcoming

Patrick Geddes
November 22, 2017

Patrick Geddes is one of the most important figures in planning history, variously presented as an inspiration to regional planning, environmental planning and sustainability, grass-roots planning, citizen democracy, historic preservation, neighbourhood upgrading, university–community partnership,...

Reflections on Urban, Regional and National Space: Three Essays

Reflections on Urban, Regional and National Space: Three Essays

Forthcoming

Uzo Nishiyama
November 22, 2017

Nishiyama Uzō, educated as an architect between 1930 and 1933, was a key figure in Japanese urban planning. He was a prolific writer who influenced a whole generation of Japanese urban planners and his interpretations of foreign planning and local practice still influence Japanese planning...

Manual de Urbanismo (Bogota, 1939): Volume 1

Manual de Urbanismo (Bogota, 1939): Volume 1

Karl Brunner
September 21, 2015

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...

Society and Environment: A Historical Review

Society and Environment: A Historical Review

Jaqueline Tyrwhitt
May 14, 2015

Jaqueline Tyrwhitt (1905-1983) was a British town planner, editor, and educator. This book includes four of Tyrwhitt’s key texts to illustrate how she forged and promoted a synthesis of Patrick Geddes’ bioregionalism and the utopian ideals of European Modernist urbanism, which influenced post-war...

Traffic in Towns: A Study of the Long Term Problems of Traffic in Urban Areas

Traffic in Towns: A Study of the Long Term Problems of Traffic in Urban Areas

Colin Buchanan
May 14, 2015

Traffic in Towns, also known as the Buchanan Report, is regarded as one of the most influential planning documents of the twentieth century. The report reflected mounting concern about the impact on Britain’s towns and cities of rapid growth in the ownership and use of motor vehicles. Its purpose...

The Garden City Movement Up-To-Date

The Garden City Movement Up-To-Date

Ewart Gladstone Culpin
March 09, 2015

This work was written and compiled by the then Secretary of the Garden Cities and Town Planning Association in 1913. It shows just how much the conception of the garden city had been broadened from Howard’s original texts. Indeed the Association’s own name had been broadened to add the...

The Planning of a New Town

The Planning of a New Town

London County Council
March 09, 2015

The publication of The Planning of a New Town in 1961 aroused remarkable interest. Its pages described a private new town, sponsored by the London County Council (LCC), to be built at Hook in Hampshire; a scheme that innovatively combined Garden City/New Town traditions with sensitivity to modern...

The Boston Contest of 1944: Prize Winning Programs

The Boston Contest of 1944: Prize Winning Programs

Jeffry M. Diefendorf
March 09, 2015

During World War II, many European government authorities and planners believed that the damage caused by bombing constituted a great opportunity to transform their cities. Even as the fighting continued, a great many plans were drawn up, and this has been the subject of much scholarship. However,...

Urban Transformations and the Architecture of Additions

Urban Transformations and the Architecture of Additions

Rodrigo Perez de Arce
August 29, 2014

Rodrigo Perez de Arce's essay Urban Transformations and Architectural Additions was published during the formative stages of Post Modernism, at the point where theory was becoming seriously established. Jencks' first essays formalising the term Post Modernism in architecture and the revised ...

Town Planning for Australia

Town Planning for Australia

George Taylor
August 29, 2014

George Taylor's Town Planning for Australia was the first dedicated book on the subject of urban planning published in Australia. Journalistic and ideological in style, it sets out a robust vision for a specifically Australian approach to planning and development of towns in a young country.&...

New Ideals in the Planning of Cities, Towns and Villages

New Ideals in the Planning of Cities, Towns and Villages

John Nolen
August 29, 2014

John Nolen’s New Ideals in the Planning of Cities, Towns, and Villages is the most thorough assessment of city planning written by an American practitioner before 1920. It records the interplay of urban reform in Europe and the United States, the rise of the planning expert, the design of new towns...

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