Urbanistica, teorie e storia is a textbook that drives the students trough the evolution of modern town planning's philosophy, especially in Europe and North America, starting from the second half of XIX century up to nowadays. The evolution of planning theories is at the same time related to the development of cities and to their social and economic context. According to its author, the book stems from the need to review the key ideas that contributed to the birth and development of modern town planning or, in other words, from the need to "stop the ship" and think about the course that lead town and regional planning to assume the specific characters they have today. Therefore, the book prompts its readers to come out of the daily chronicle of events and look back at History, the best way, for the author, to understand the recent evolution of planning.
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