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ISBN13: 9780394587325
ISBN10: 0394587324
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Ranging over 2,500 years, Cities in Civilization is a tribute to the city as the birthplace of Western civilization. Drawing on the contributions of economists and geographers, of cultural, technological, and social historians, Sir Peter Hall examines twenty-one cities at their greatest moments. Hall describes the achievements of these golden ages and outlines the precise combinations of forces — both universal and local — that led to each city's belle epoque.

Hall identifies four distinct expressions of civic innovation: artistic growth, technological progress, the marriage of culture and technology, and solutions to evolving problems. Descriptions of Periclean Athens, Renaissance Florence, Elizabethan London, and nineteenth-century Vienna bring to life those seedbeds of artistic and intellectual creativity. Explorations of Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, of Henry Ford's Detroit, and of Palo Alto at the dawn of the computer age highlight centers of technological advances. Tales of the creation of Los Angeles' movie industry and the birth of the blues and rock 'n' roll in Memphis depict the marriage of culture and technology.

Finally, Hall celebrates cities that have been forced to solve problems created by their very size. With Imperial Rome came the apartment block and aqueduct; nineteenth-century London introduced policing, prisons, and sewers; twentieth-century New York developed the skyscraper; and Los Angeles became the first city without a center, a city ruled instead by the car. And in a fascinating conclusion, Hall speculates on urban creativity in the twenty-first century.

This penetrating study reveals not only the lives of cities but also the lives of the people who built them and created the civilizations within them. A decade in the making, Cities in Civilization is the definitive account of the culture of cities.


Includes bibliographical references ([1051]-1134) and index.

About the Author

Sir Peter Hall is Professor of Planning at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College, London, and Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The World Cities and Cities Tomorrow, and is a former Special Advisor on Planning to the Secretary of State for the Environment. He lives in London.

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joanna, November 10, 2006 (view all comments by joanna)
This text is a must for anybody interested in the development of cities across time. Sir Peter Hall is an adept scholar whose descriptive prose illuminates the golden eras of civilization across the course of mankind's existence. I was introduced to this text as an undergraduate Urban Studies student, and I have since utilized it as a graduate architecture student. I was pleased to know that scholars at several universities that I have attended across the U.S. had this text in their collections. I am grateful for being introduced to Sir Peter Hall's insights. The text is broken into 5 books: The city as cultural crucible, the city as innovative milieu, the marriage of art and technology, the establishment of the urban order, and finally, the union of art, technology, and organization. If you like this text, then no doubt you will want to turn to his other works.
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Hall, Peter Geoffrey
Hall, Peter
New York :
City and town life
Sociology - Urban
Cities and towns
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