Passport to the World with Professor Barry Goldsmith
Planned cities date back centuries and require much time, effort, power, and capital.
Why build a planned city? How are planned cities created? What makes a planned city different? Does planning make a city better? Which are the best planned cities?
When man stepped out of caves and decided what to build — and where — planned cities were born. Great Planned Cities takes you from ancient cities to modern on six continents. Cities mirror technological advances in warfare to transportation. When canon replaced arrows — city walls became ring boulevards. When trains arrived — garden cities were born.
Democrats and despots — even popes — build new cities. Is the result different? Great Planned Cities takes you to new “compromise” capitals such as Canberra — and new capital cities for new countries such as Dhaka. As people grow and change — so do cities — with planned new sections of old cities such as Edinburgh — or totally transformed cities such as Paris. Having been to 117 countries and thousands of cities — Prof Goldsmith’s Great Planned Cities also doubles as a travelogue.
Prof. Goldsmith’s career spans travel and culture — lecturing at museums from the Smithsonian to the Hermitage, embassies — as well lecturing at travel shows around the world — about the world. Prof. Goldsmith leads press trips around the world for hotels, airlines and government tourist boards.
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