Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Sir Peter Hall, the UK's most high profile planner-author-professor-consultant, has died at the age of 82

While he's an architect, I suppose the most high profile planner in the US is co-founder of New Urbanism, Andres Duany.

In the UK, the most high profile planner-professor-consultant-author was Sir Peter Hall, who died at the end of July. He authored/co-authored 50+ books and a couple thousand journal articles in addition to teaching and consulting.

One of Professor Hall's major achievements was visioning the Crossrail east-west rail program in London as well as Britain's High Speed Railroad program.

-- "Sir Peter Hall, man who conceived M25, was most urbane of urbanists," Financial Times
-- "Sir Peter Hall obituary: Planner with a vision of how people's lives would change – and cities with them," Guardian
-- "UK planning expert: there is something wrong with Britain," Guardian
-- "Sir Peter Hall obituary," Daily Telegraph

I have in my reading queue his most recent book, Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism, which was published last fall.


At 1:48 PM, Anonymous charlie said...

I finally managed to work through "Cities in Civilization" which has almost nothing to do with urban planning, but is an example of being grounded in history and culture.

He got a lot wrong - the chapters on Memphis and the blues/rock/beetle mania are an example -- but it was a useful swim.

I was thinking of him during a recent exchange on GGW, where I realized a majority of people probably think Dubai could be an effective urban model with the density. There is always something a little bigger with urban planning.


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