Peter Hall

2005 Balzan Prize for The Social and Cultural History of Cities since the Beginning of the 16th Century

For his unique contribution to the history of ideas about urban planning, his acute analysis of the physical, social, and economic problems of modern cities, and his powerful historical investigations into the cultural creativity of city life.

Sir Peter Hall, born in London on 19 March 1932 (*1932-†2014), is a British citizen.

He is Professor of Planning and Regeneration at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London. 

He received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the London School of Economics, at the University of Reading (1968-1988), where he was Dean of the Faculty of Urban and Regional Studies and at the University of California at Berkeley (1980-1992), where he is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning. 

From 1991-1994 he was Special Adviser on Strategic Planning to the Secretary of State for the Environment, with special reference to issues of London and South East regional planning including the East Thames Corridor (Thames Gateway) and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. 

In 1998-1999 he was a member of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Urban Task Force and from 1995 to 1999 Chairman of the Town and Country Planning Association, of which he is now President and a member of its Board of Trustees. 

He was a founder member of the Regional Studies Association and first editor of its journal Regional Studies (1967-1978). He is joint editor of the journal Built Environment. He has just completed direction of a two-year, seven-country study of Polycentric Mega-City-Regions in Europe, financed by a 2.4 million grant from the European Union, to be published in book form (The Polycentric Metropolis) in London in Spring 2006. 

He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1998 “for services to the Town and Country Planning Association”, received the Founder’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for distinction in research, and is an Honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, which awarded him its Gold Medal in 1993. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Academia Europaea. He holds fourteen honorary doctorates from universities in the UK, Sweden and Canada. 

Sir Peter Hall is the author or the editor of nearly forty books on urban and regional planning and related topics, including:- London 2000, London, Faber & Faber, 1963, 1969

– The World Cities, London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1966, 1977, 1983; French,German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish translations published simultaneously

– The Containment of Urban England (with R. Drewett, H. Gracey and R. Thomas), London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd.; Beverly Hills, Sage Publications Inc., 1973. Volume one: Urban and Metropolitan Growth Processes or Megalopolis Denied; volume two: The Planning System: Objectives, Operations, Impacts

– Planning and Urban Growth: An Anglo-American Comparison (with M. Clawson),Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, 1973

– Urban and Regional Planning, Hardmondsworth/London, Penguin, 1975, 1982;Newton Abbott, David and Charles, 1975; London, Routledge, 1992, 2002

– Europe 2000, London, Duckworth (ed.), 1977

– Great Planning Disasters, London, Weidenfeld, 1980

– Growth Centres in the European Urban System (with D. Hay), London, Heinemann, 1980

– The Inner City in Context, London, Heinemann (ed.), 1981

– Silicon Landscapes (ed., with A. Markusen), Boston, Allen & Unwin, 1985

– Can Rail save the City? The Impact of Rail Rapid Transit and Pedestrianisationon British and German Cities (with C. Hass-Klau), Aldershot, Gower Publishing, 1985

– High-Tech America: The What, How, Where and Why of the Sunrise Industries(with A. Markusen and A. Glasmeier), Boston, Allen & Unwin, 1986

– The Carrier Wave: New Information Technology and the Geography of Innovation 1846-2003 (with P. Preston), London, Unwin Hyman, 1988

– Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in theTwentieth Century, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, 1988, 1996, 2002

– London 2001, London, Unwin Hyman, 1989

– The Rise of the Gunbelt: The Military Remapping of Industrial America (with A. Markusen, S. Campbell and S. Deitrick), New York, OUP, 1991

– Technopoles of the World: The Making of 21st Century Industrial Complexes (withM. Castells), London, Routledge, 1994

– Sociable Cities (with Colin Ward), Chichester, John Wiley & Sons, 1998

– Cities in Civilization: Culture, Technology, and Urban Order, London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998; New York, Pantheon Books, 1998

(September 2005)

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