This anthology of essays by a group of distinguished scholars investigates post-1945 city planning in Britain; not from a technical viewpoint, but as a polemical, visual and educational phenomenon, shifting the focus of scholarly interest towards the often-neglected emotional and aesthetic aspects of post-war planning.

Each essay is grounded in original archival research and sheds new light on this critical era in the development of modern town planning. This collection is a valuable resource for architectural, social and urban historians, as well as students and researchers offering new insights into the development of the mid-twentieth century city.

chapter Chapter 1|15 pages

1947 and all that

Why has the Act lasted so long?
ByJules Lubbock

chapter Chapter 2|22 pages

Otto Neurath and the sociology of happiness

ByIain Boyd Whyte

chapter Chapter 3|21 pages

Surveying and comprehensive planning

The ‘co-ordination of knowledge’ 1 in the wartime plans of Patrick Abercrombie and Max Lock
ByMichiel Dehaene

chapter Chapter 4|19 pages

Everywhere at any time

Post-Second World War genealogies of the city of the future
ByVolker M. Welter

chapter Chapter 5|21 pages

Perceptions in the conception of the Modernist urban environment

Canadian perspectives on the spatial theory of Jaqueline Tyrwhitt
ByRhodri Windsor Liscombe

chapter Chapter 6|22 pages

Selling the future city

Images in UK post-war reconstruction plans
ByPeter J. Larkham

chapter Chapter 7|24 pages

Paper dream city/ modern monument

Donald Gibson and Coventry
ByLouise Campbell

chapter Chapter 8|12 pages

Conceptions and perceptions of urban futures in early post-war Britain

Some everyday experiences of the rebuilding of Coventry, 1944–62
ByKeith D. Lilley

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

‘Into the world of conscious expression’ 1

Modernist revolutionaries at the Architectural Association, 1933–39
ByElizabeth Darling

chapter Chapter 10|17 pages


A student journal of ambition and anxiety
ByClive B. Fenton

chapter Chapter 11|14 pages

‘Destroy all humans!’ 1

BySimon Richards

chapter Chapter 12|18 pages

The English university of the 1960s

Built community, model universe
ByJohn McKean

chapter Chapter 13|23 pages

The tall barracks artistically reconsidered 1

Hyde Park Cavalry Barracks and the total environment of modern military life
ByMiles Glendinning