The Capital Of Europe: Architecture And Urban Planning For The European Union by Carola HeinThe Capital Of Europe: Architecture And Urban Planning For The European Union by Carola Hein

The Capital Of Europe: Architecture And Urban Planning For The European Union

byCarola Hein

Hardcover | December 31, 2004

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What makes up a capital city? In this first comprehensive look at the architectural and urban visions for a European capital, Hein examines how these visions compare to the reality of the three headquarter cities for the European Union: Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and Brussels. Tracing the history of the EU and its creation of the new political entity of the polycentric capital, Hein explores the impact that European unification has on visionary projects and the transformation of EU member cities. Widely researched, the book also brings in architectural projects that have remained largely unknown until now. Using architectural and urban history as a lens, Hein examines the past five decades of European unification. Also analyzed for the first time are the debates, plans, projects, and constructions--both realized and failed--that accompanied this process. Looking to the future, Hein asserts that the task of these three capital cities is to balance the needs of a collective Europe with national, local, and--increasingly--regional demands.
Title:The Capital Of Europe: Architecture And Urban Planning For The European UnionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:315 pages, 9.54 × 6.34 × 1.17 inPublished:December 31, 2004Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275978745

ISBN - 13:9780275978747

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?[A] major and important study of how something of the ideal of a European Union has been realized in bricks and mortar, glass and cement... Hein offers us a rare insight into what the EU means within current political discourse ... This study also demonstrates a level of scholarship that is highly admirable ... This is a very important book for understanding the architecture of the EU and should be required reading on any course: political, historical, architectural or planning which deals with the realities of the EU today and the future. It would also be excellent if it were made required reading for all MEPS!??Planning Perspectives