The Transformation of the European Civic Tradition since c. 1800

The Transformation of the European Civic Tradition since c. 1800

J.V.N. Soane

  • Provides a single, integrated account of the complex influences and pressures that have created the general built forms and societal configurations of the urban environment of modern Europe
  • Features the exceptional range of activities in the modern developed world that are able to benefit from a more enlightened form of urban development
  • Demonstrates the potential threat to the integrity of the evolved civic culture of the European continent since the titanic changes wrought to the continent’s physical and social environment since 1800


c Print edition: £35.00
234 × 156mm
224 pages
c.50 photographs and plans, inc. colour section
May 2024

This book elucidates the continuing conflict between the conservation of the townscapes and associated lifestyles that have evolved over centuries in Europe and the impact of the mounting and dramatic, political, economic and spatial changes that accompany the globalising progress in the modern world.  Within the context of the changing European urban scene, the relevance for the need to preserve and renovate historical structures is considered just as essential a factor as changing ideas on modern urban design in the redevelopment of metropolitan centres.

A pragmatic, organic perception is shown as to what forms of urban culture are appropriate across Europe for the coming years. The book provides an exhaustive and detailed analysis of the theoretical and sociological background to particular architectural and planning innovations which are of particular significance. Additional detail is provided about selected buildings and pieces of townscape that demonstrate how the visual and communal aspects of particular locations have been affected.

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