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Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century

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Cities of Tomorrow is a critical history of planning in theory and practice in the twentieth century, as well as of the social and economic problems and opportunities that gave rise to it.

A critical history of planning in theory and practice in the twentieth century, as well as of the social and economic problems and opportunities that gave rise to it Trenchant, perceptiv
Paperback, 576 pages
Published June 24th 2002 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1988)
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Frank Stein
Apr 23, 2010 Frank Stein rated it liked it
Peter Hall provides an interesting look at the theoretical side of 20th century city planning, and, unlike most writers, gives it a real international spin, examining everything from the Garden City in Japan to the "ABC Communities" along Stockholm's Tunnelbana, with some focus, of course, on the Anglo-American tradition. The problem here is the book is just too damned crowded with disorganized info and names.

Hall admits as much in the introduction, where he claims that his attempt to organize t
Aug 04, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
Hall writes an excellent history of planning theory and practice and has filled it with lots of great stories that keep the book from being too dry. Believe it or not, community/urban planning has a fascinating history with a lot of quirkly characters. I had to read this for class, and now I look forward to going back through it and reading for pleasure.
Apr 27, 2009 Dan rated it it was amazing
Cities of Tomorrow well-deserves its place on Planetizen's list of Top 20 Books Every Planner Should Read . For anyone who wants to understand the knotty intellectual origins of 19th and 20th-century planning, or, put differently, see from a bird's eye view what has led urban planning to be such a mess, this books offers a marvelous armchair tour.

Hall's narrative jumps considerably around in time, ranging from the 1850s to the 2000s, and across the globe from Berkeley to Chandigarh to London and
Heather Schwartz
Nov 08, 2009 Heather Schwartz rated it liked it
I fell in love with this book during an Architecture Seminar Class and can only conclude that it was because it enveloped so many different aspects of what I liked at the time...philosophy, political history, modernism, postmodernism,...and all those crazy top-down socialized ideas in the early part of the 20th C. Both the good and the bad results, but more importantly the genius and the INTENTIONS behind the physical designs. Did I mention it's well written?
Alexis Soto-Colorado
This is the book used in my Urban Planning History course for Master in Urban Planning in the University at Buffalo. The material is excellent if only the editor and author have used more images and historical pictures. I love the book material, but I used the internet to complimented my learning experience with visuals.
Chris Hamby
Apr 11, 2011 Chris Hamby rated it it was amazing
Peter Hall manages to be very entertaining through a torrent of names, places, and dates. Great overview of Anglo-American planning history.
Jan 19, 2009 Karena rated it really liked it
Great book if you're curious about or studying different models of planning, or the history and development of cities.
Mar 15, 2017 James rated it really liked it
Hall argues that, though the dominant school interpretation about the historiography of urban planning was that it was a response to capitalism in organizing production and managing crises, he instead looks at its development in the 19th century. Starting as an answer to the question of the slums and utter poverty of places like London, where the threat of insurrection and social conflict bubbled below the surface, Hall argues that planning started as an anarchist strategy of building democratic ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an informative book although in the beginning it was hard to get engaged in. The book follows the progression of ideas rather than of periods, regions, or thinkers. It creates a very disorienting picture, where names and facts blur together. At first, everything was hard to follow, but by the third or fourth chapter, a map of the history of Urban Planning began to unveil in my mind. Eventually, I feel like my understanding of Urban Planning has improved by learning how everything was com ...more
Dec 01, 2016 Gina rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Fair warning: my rating has a lot to do with the sheer amount of time it took me to read this book. I'm interested in the topic and there are lot of tidbits to be gotten from the circulation of planning ideas around the United States and Europe (especially Britain, Germany, and Sweden). But even Hall's explanation of the non-chronological nature of the book's structure didn't prepare me for how convoluted it would all seem to me. The main reason is that Hall presents a seemingly endless litany o ...more
Nov 02, 2008 Bob rated it really liked it
Depending on your point of view, the history of urban planning is either fascinating or a bore. Hall does a nice job of keeping things interesting regardless of where you stand. His book is full of human interest stories and he is not shy when it comes to interjecting his opinion (he loves suburbs and has a real affinity for socialism). The biggest problem with the book is that it tries to do too much. Urban planning intellectual history has not been especially linear and that makes it a challen ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Janet rated it it was ok
So I am of two minds on this book. Most importantly, it is a very comprehensive look at 20th century planning that takes a wonderfully international approach. The use of examples and vignettes is well done. However, the writing is difficult to power through. It is often obtuse and difficult to fully understand the finer points of Hall's descriptives and analyses. Sometimes it feels like you're listening to an inside joke and trying to decide if you should laugh along or simply accept that it is ...more
Teresa McCarthy
Jan 22, 2014 Teresa McCarthy rated it liked it
This was a brilliant read, up until the very last chapter. I found his history of planning to be comprehensive, for the most part, though it was wanting on the contributions of women like Jane Jacobs. The last chapter, "The City of the Permanent Underclass" was disappointing and would have been better left out or truncated, as it was uncomfortably full of outdated attitudes with regard to the causes of persistent poverty in black contexts. On the whole, though, it is a very good survey of major ...more
Apr 17, 2013 Jennyb rated it liked it
Shelves: urbs-aeterna
Sir Peter Hall manages the improbable with this tome: making urban planning theory and history a fairly interesting read. I don't imagine the book would appeal broadly to a "lay" audience, but as assigned reading in grad school goes, this isn't too bad. Sometimes, there is far more detail than is warranted, but I feel like Hall makes up for it most of the time with clear writing, and even occasional flashes of sarcastic humor. It's mainly a comparison of US and British trends, but occasional men ...more
Chad Walker
This is an ambitious project; part of me thinks it would be hard to do it much better. I really wish there was a bit more material on non-Anglo projects (you know, like Asia, Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, the Mideast, etc.). But Hall writes really well, and manages to make something of a sensible narrative out of a tremendously broad, confusing topic.
Laura Taylor
The perfect book for those new to thinking about cities in Britain, the US (and Canada, sort of). This is the story of the rise of suburban development all planning students are taught. Start with this, then read everything else that questions this heroic, patriarchal, colonial world we live in.
Jan 19, 2016 Lenny added it
very impressive, and chatty, book about the cycle of planning from the origin of planning through the 1980's. Hall writes brilliantly, colloquially, and is easy to follow except for the name dropping.
Mike Mercurio
Mar 19, 2008 Mike Mercurio rated it it was amazing
Comes in really handy when watching Jeopardy, and actually was an interesting read for any people intrested in city planning and redevelopment.
Daniel Horner
Dec 06, 2013 Daniel Horner rated it liked it
Enlightening, but verbose.
Apr 26, 2015 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: architecture
Written in an accessible manner and very comprehensive.
Apr 08, 2009 Margaret rated it really liked it
Elegantly presented research
Aug 08, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it
A must read though it valorizes "the great" men of planning at the expense of all "others" who contribute to shaping the built environment.
Aug 11, 2014 Jude rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban, urban-planning
An atrocious, unreadable book by an author who appears to hate everything
Jan 11, 2008 Sekar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites
referensi lengkap untuk mengetahui sejarah perencanaan dan perancangan kota di abad ke-20 (di negara Barat, especially in UK...)
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