Paul D. Spreiregen

  • Building A New Town, Revised Edition

    Finland's New Garden City: Tapiola

    Heikki Von Hertzen and Paul D. Spreiregen

    Tapiola is a modern city built in a rural community. It was built as both an experiment and a model—an experiment on how to create towns and make them socially as well as economically habitable; as a model to challenge many accepted ideas on residential area design and to influence the future pattern of Finland's urbanization.

    This well-illustrated book demonstrates the importance of Tapiola's experience to other countries and recounts the “story” of this extraordinary venture and its success and relevance to planning anywhere in the world.

    It is especially significant that Tapiola was not a program of Finland's national government and was constructed by a company acting as a private, nonprofit business, Asuntosäätiö. This organization was established in 1951 by six social and trade organizations that bought an area of 670 acres in the then-rural county of Espoo outside Helsinki to create a new community—a working town in a garden setting. A major aim was to accommodate a real cross section of the population. Though built under stringent economic circumstances, Tapiola was tested in the competitive market.

    In the first part of the book the relevance of Tapiola is outlined and put into context. Part 2 discusses the background: “New Towns and Garden Cities in History,” “Urbanization, Urbanity, and Urban Form,” “Architectural and Urban Design in Finland,” “Finland's Housing and Planning Programs” and “Facts and Figures” that come into play. Part 3 relates how Tapiola came into being in the early 1950s, from the inception of the idea through the financing, programming, planning, and completion of the town. Part 4, “Beyond Tapiola,” formulates a plan for future work on a regional basis, with a discussion of “The Seven Towns Plan” of Finland. The final chapters describe “A Philosophy for New Towns.”

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  • The Modern Metropolis: Its Origins, Growth, Characteristics, and Planning

    The Modern Metropolis: Its Origins, Growth, Characteristics, and Planning

    Selected Essays of Hans Blumenfield

    Paul D. Spreiregen

    “Today we must regain, by conscious effort, the essential unity of function and form. It is not a question of 'city beautiful.' It is a question of discovering the forms that will most clearly give expression to the function of our cities, as the form of the old towns reflected their way of living. The social life of men is the specific side of nature that the city builder's art reflects; as Albrecht Dürer put it: 'For, verily, art is inherent in nature; he who can extract it therefrom will hold it.”” Hans Blumenfeld

    Hans Blumenfeld enjoys the highest reputation in the field of urban planning. It is testimony to his professional standing that almost every serious book on town planning makes reference to his work. At the same time his writing is clear and completely free from jargon. Hans Blumenfeld can handle the most complex issues of planning—from traffic to residential densities to locational theory—utilizing a light, captivating prose that makes his subject understandable to virtually any reader. His essays are an invaluable store of urban planning knowledge.

    The purpose of this collection is to present a clear, comprehensible, and highly readable book on the growth of modern cities and their planning. The author's acknowledged expertise—his ability to offer profound insight—grounded in a practical experience extending over 45 years contributes toward making this an important book. His approach is historical, analytical, and, above all, practical. If the book is unique, it may be because it covers the whole range of planning problems but is not an academic exercise or textbook. It has grown out of Hans Blumenfeld's need for theoretical clarification of problems encountered in practice.

    The Modern Metropolis is essential reading for professional planners, architects, landscape architects, transportation, engineers, planning officials, redevelopment officials, layman, citizens' planning groups, corporation executives, utility company executives, and students.

    • Hardcover $17.50
    • Paperback $50.00