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    books on the history of planning

    I am looking for books on the history of urban planning prior to the industrial revolution. It seems that every planning history class and every planning history book only discusses the recent history of planning. Regardless of whether or not it was called planning, cities must have planned before Ebenezer Howard and Daniel Burnahm.

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    I hate to say it but...

    As a profession, planning wasn't really recognized that early.

    ...check for books and resources related to the history of civil engineering. I suspect you'll have some luck there.

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    The City in History, by Lewis Mumford. It is the best. For some reason though Mumford does not seem to get much respect.

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    Try...

    You ought to try "The History of Urban Form" by A.E.J. Morris. I've been reading it for one of my classes, and its a very interesting book to say the least. It includes Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance cities as well as others. However, if you're looking for something a little more thorough (including nonwestern cultures other than early settlements and Islamic cities), this may not do the job for you.

    Also, Mumford's book is extremely informative. It'd be beneficial for you to check it out.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to look for both of these at the library.

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    Books by Robert Fishman are usually winners. "The American Planning Tradition" is definitely a good choice. For a long term look that spans millenia, see "The City Shaped" by Spiro Kostof.

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    Sorry, here the correct version!!!!


    I guess you have to look in history of urbanism or of city-building:

    Planning is a quite new discipline.

    I recommend very much J.W.REPS :"The Making of Urban America"

    Excellent also: "The City of Man" by Christopher TUNNARD
    and "Townbuilding in History: An Outline review of Conditions, Influences, Ideas and Methods Affecting "Planned" Towns through 5000 years" by Frederick HIORNS

    An excellent and comprehensive historical survey also:
    "History of Urban Form" by A.E.J. MORRIS

    Others:

    "A Matrix of Man" by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy

    "Design of Cities" Edmund Bacon

    You might have to spend some time in a good library as most of these books are difficult to find in bookshops!

    Good luck

    Lucien Steil

    As concerns the best and most complete resources they are often not translated in English like "Der Städtebau" by J.Stübben,

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