Academic journal article et Cetera

Cities in Civilization

Academic journal article et Cetera

Cities in Civilization

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Sir Peter Hall. Cities in Civilization. New York: Pantheon, 1998.

Sir Peter Hall, a professor of city and regional planning, has written an 1100 page magnum opus that examines twenty-one cities at their greatest moments over the past 2500 years.

The book is divided into five parts. Part One, "The City as Cultural Crucible," describes cities such as Periclean Athens, Renaissance Florence, Elizabethan London, and nineteenthcentury Vienna and underscores their role as seedbeds of artistic and intellectual creativity. Part Two, "The City as Innovative Milieu," explains Manchester during the industrial revolution, Henry Ford's Detroit, and Palo Alto at the beginning of the computer age, and highlights their importance as centers of technological advances. Part Three, "The Marriage of Art and Technology" talks about the creation of the movie industry in Los Angeles and the birth of the blues and rock and roll in Memphis. Part Four, "The Establishment of the Urban Order," celebrates cities such as Imperial Rome, nineteenth-century London, and twentieth-century New York, that have been forced to solve problems resulting from their very size. …

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