Michelle Provoost is Director of the International New Town Institute (INTI) and co-runs Crimson Architectural Historians.
There once was a time when designing new cities was one of the most ambitious and urgent tasks for any urban designer and planner. The second half of the twentieth century saw a plethora of new models, ideas, and designs specifically geared towards the design of the ultimate ‘City of the Future’. The construction of entirely new integrated urban systems and the writing of technocratic and ideological books on how to build new cities culminated in the building of hundreds of New Towns in Western Europe, the US, and the new nation states of post-colonial Africa and Asia.
There never fails to be a debate about the idea of the city when future plans are at issue. It would seem that there exists a theory of the city in Europe. Hong Kong similarly is a topic of reflection for critics and writers, and they invariably seek a foothold in Italo Calvino (the imaginary […]