Cities in Civilization: Culture, Innovation, and Urban Order

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Phoenix Giant, 1999 - History - 1169 pages
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Peter Hall explores the history of cities and their role in the development of civilization, from the cultural crucibles of Athens in the sixth century BC and Florence in the fifteenth century through the industrial innovations of Manchester, cotton and steam, and Palo Alto, computing, to the city as freeway, Los Angeles.

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Any book this size must pass the hernia test: Is the payoff from reading it greater than the potential discomfort from lifting it? Urban planning expert Hall's (University Coll., London) magnum opus ... Read full review

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Sir Peter Hall is Professor of Planning at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Building, Environmental Design and Planning at University College, London and Director of the Institute of Community Studies. He was previously Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of Geography at the University of Reading. He is the author of over 30 books in planning and related subjects, including "London 2000," "The World Cities," "Great Planning Disasters" and "High Tech America," He has been credited with the invention of the Urban Enterprise Zone concept now widely employed in the USA, the UK and Europe. An advisor to governments and international agencies across the world, Professor Hall is known throughout the world for his contribution both to the theory and to the practice of city and regional planning.

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