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The Capital of Europe

The Capital of Europe

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About the Book

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.

About the Author:

CAROLA HEIN is Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr College in the Growth and Structure of Cities Program. She was trained in Hamburg (Diplom-Ingenieurin) and Brussels (Architecte) and obtained her doctorate at the Hochschule fur bildende Kunste in Hamburg in 1995 on the topic of Hauptstadt Europa. From 1995 to 1999 she was a Visiting Researcher at Tokyo Metropolitan University and Kogakuin University, researching the reconstruction of Japanese cities after World War II and the Western influence on Japanese urban planning. She has published and lectured widely on topics of contemporary and historical architectural and urban planning in Europe and Japan, and co-authored the volume Hauptstadt Berlin and co-edited Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945 (2003).

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275978747
  • Publisher: Praeger
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger
  • Height: 242 mm
  • No of Pages: 328
  • Series Title: Perspectives on the Twentieth Century
  • Weight: 639 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275978745
  • Publisher Date: 05 Sep 2000
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 30 mm
  • Width: 161 mm

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