Sociable Cities

Sociable Cities

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Peter Hall and Colin Ward wrote Sociable Cities to celebrate the centenary of publication of Ebenezer Howarda€™s To-morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform in 1998 a€“ an event they then marked by co-editing (with Dennis Hardy) the magnificent annotated facsimile edition of Howarda€™s original, long lost and very scarce, in 2003. In this revised edition of Sociable Cities, sadly now without Colin Ward, Peter Hall writes: a€˜the sixteen years separating the two editions of this book seem almost like geological time. Revisiting the 1998 edition is like going back deep into ancient historya€™. The glad confident morning following Tony Blaira€™s election has been followed by political disillusionment, the fiscal crash, widespread austerity and a marked anti-planning stance on the part of the Coalition government. But a€“ closely following the argument of Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism (Routledge 2013), to which this book is designed as a companion a€“ Hall argues that the central message is now even stronger: we need more planning, not less. And this planning needs to be driven by broad, high-level strategic visions a€“ national, regional a€“ of the kind of country we want to see. Above all, Hall shows in the concluding chapters, Britaina€™s escalating housing crisis can be resolved only by a massive programme of planned decentralization from London, at least equal in scale to the great Abercrombie plan seventy years ago. He sets out a picture of great new city clusters at the periphery of South East England, sustainably self-sufficient in their daily patterns of living and working, but linked to the capital by new high-speed rail services. This is a book that every planner, and every serious student of policy-making, will want to read. Published at a time when the political parties are preparing their policy manifestos, it is designed to make a major contribution to a major national debate.Hall, P. (2014b)Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century, 4th ed. ... Berkeley, CA: Institute of Urban and RegionalDevelopment, University of CaliforniaatBerkeley. ... Availableat: http:// pursuit-of-growth.pdf. ... London: Quartet Books. ... MayorofLondon (2014) Draft FurtherAlterations tothe LondonPlan: TheSpatialDevelopment Strategyfor Greateranbsp;...

Title:Sociable Cities
Author: Peter Hall, Colin Ward
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-06-05

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