Peter Hall (urbanist)


Peter Hall (urbanist) : biography

19 March 1932 –

Hall charted the history of modern attempts to shape and control the development of the city. He co-wrote Sociable Cities (1998), an analysis of the legacy of Ebenezer Howard, whose Garden Cities of To-Morrow (1902), became the most influential and important book in the history of 20th-century city planning. That same year, Professor Hall published his wide-ranging Cities in Civilization: Culture, Technology and Urban Order, an 1169-page venture into the comparative cultural history of cities, which investigates the exceptional cultural creativity which distinguished the world’s great cities in their golden ages, from ancient Athens to late 20th-century London. In 2006, he 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.


  • Peter Hall. 1963. London 2000, London, Faber & Faber, 1963, 1969
  • Peter Hall. 1966. The World Cities, London, World University Library, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1966,1977,1983 (French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish translations published simultaneously)
  • Peter Hall. 1973. The Containment of Urban England (with H. Gracey, R. Drewett and R. Thomas), London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd.; Beverly Hills, Sage Publications Inc., 1973. Two volumes: volume one Urban and Metropolitan Growth Processes or Megalopolis Denied; volume two The Planning System: Objectives, Operations, Impacts
  • Peter Hall and M. Clawson. 1973. Planning and Urban Growth: An Anglo-American Comparison. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins.
  • Peter Hall. 1975. Urban and Regional Planning. Hardmondsworth/London, Penguin, 1975, 1982; Newton Abbott, David and Charles, 1975; London, Routledge, 1992, 2002
  • Peter Hall (ed.). 1977. Europe 2000. London, Duckworth
  • Peter Hall. 1980. Great Planning Disasters. London, Weidenfeld.
  • Peter Hall and D. Hay. 1980. Growth Centres in the European Urban System. London, Heinemann.
  • Peter Hall (ed.). 1981. The Inner City in Context. London, Heinemann.
  • Peter Hall and Ann Markusen (eds.) 1985. Silicon Landscapes. Boston, Allen & Unwin.
  • Peter Hall and C. Hass-Klau. 1985. Can Rail save the City? The Impact of Rail Rapid Transit and Pedestrianisation on British and German Cities . Aldershot, Gower Publishing.
  • Michael J. Breheny, Douglas A. Hart, Peter Hall 1986. Eastern Promise? Development Prospects for the M11 Corridor. Spatial and Economic Associates, Faculty of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Reading.
  • Peter Hall, A. Markusen and A. Glasmeier. 1986. High-Tech America: The What, How, Where and Why of the Sunrise Industries. Boston, Allen & Unwin.
  • Peter Hall, Michael J. Breheny, Ronald McQuaid, Douglas Hart. 1987. Western Sunrise: The Genesis and Growth of Britain’s Major High Tech Corridor. Unwin Hyman.
  • Peter Hall and P. Preston. 1988. The Carrier Wave: New Information Technology and the Geography of Innovation 1846-2003 . London, Unwin Hyman.
  • Peter Hall. 1988. Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century. Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, 1988, 1996, 2002
  • Peter Hall. 1989. London 2001. London, Unwin Hyman.
  • Peter Hall,A. Markusen, S.Campbell and S. Deitrick. 1991. The Rise of the Gunbelt: The Military Remapping of Industrial America. New York, OUP.
  • Peter Hall and M Castells. 1994. Technopoles of the World: The Making of 21st-Century Industrial Complexes. London, Routledge.
  • Michael J Breheny and Peter Hall (eds.) 1996. The people – where will they go? National report of the TCPA Regional Inquiry into Housing Need and Provision in England. Town and Country Planning Association.
  • Peter Hall and Colin Ward. 1998. Sociable Cities (with Colin Ward), Chichester, John Wiley & Sons.
  • Peter Hall. 1998. Cities in Civilization: Culture, Technology, and Urban Order. London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998; New York, Pantheon Books, 1998
  • Michael J Breheny and Peter Hall (eds.) 1999. The people – where will they work? National report of the TCPA Regional Inquiry into Housing Need and Provision in England. Town and Country Planning Association.