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Urban Design in Western Europe: Regime and Architecture, 900-1900
by Wolfgang Braunfels
translated by Kenneth J. Northcott
University of Chicago Press, 1990
Cloth: 978-0-226-07178-7 | Paper: 978-0-226-07179-4
Library of Congress Classification NA9183.B7213 1988
Dewey Decimal Classification 711.4094

What makes a city endure and prosper? In this masterful survey of a thousand years of urban architecture, Wolfgang Braunfels identified certain themes common to cities as different as Siena and London, Munich and Venice. Most important is an architecture that expresses the city's personality and most particularly its political personality. Braunfels describes and classifies scores of cities—cathedral cities, city-state, maritime cities, imperial cities—and examines the links between their political and architectural histories. Lavishly illustrated with city plans, bird's-eye views, early renderings, and modern photographs, this book will delight and instruct architects, urban planners, historians, and travelers.
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