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Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880 Paperback – 16 May 2014
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“This is nothing less than a history of the ideology and practice of urban planning through the century … [a] most readable tour de force.”
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- ASIN : 1118456475
- Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell; 4th edition (16 May 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 640 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781118456477
- ISBN-13 : 978-1118456477
- Dimensions : 16.99 x 3.2 x 24.41 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 70,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This proves a challenge to read, even for the most motivated person. The book could mercifully have been edited to half its length as it provides way too much detail, especially with respect to British issues. Though there are interesting elements of analysis, much appears closer to reminiscences than to history. Indeed, there is no conclusion or opening towards the future, simply an end. Combined with the author’s rather dismal view of planning, this makes for a disheartening work.
In addition, the presentation does not match 21st century expectations. Strangely for a book dealing with planning, no maps whatsoever are presented. Illustrations are limited to scarce black and white photos of poor quality and questionable pertinence, as many are of presumably famous planners. The lay-out is hopelessly traditional.
Overall, the book’s title “Cities of Tomorrow” is a total misnomer as it deals with urban planning rather than cities per se and very much more with the past than with the future.
Sadly, there is no reason to recommend it to anyone.