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Urban Planning, 1794-1918: An International Anthology of Articles, Conference Papers, and Reports
Selected, Edited, and Provided with Headnotes
John W. Reps
Professor Emeritus, Cornell University 

These documents are primary source material for the study of how urban planning developed up to the end of World War I. They include statements about techniques, principles, theories, and practice by those who helped to create a new professional specialization. This new field of city planning grew out of the land-based professions of architecture, engineering, surveying, and landscape architecture, as well as from the work of economists, social workers, lawyers, public health specialists, and municipal administrators.

Some essays describe or illustrate an ideal physical pattern for cities. Several survey broadly the state of planning at the time of writing. A number use a single city as an example of how improvements should be made. Others discuss legal issues of land use regulations.

A topical bibliography provides more than a dozen headings, and alphabetical and chronological bibliographies guide you to authors and time periods. Each entry is a link to the full text of the document.

The full text of the 185 selections available on this site is equivalent to a 600-page book, but bibliographies make it easy to find selections you need.
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Last Updated November 27, 2002