Civic Culture

Promoting a sense of community has been a major goal of urban planning since the eighteenth century at the latest. Theorists as diverse as Ebenezer Howard, Camillo Sitte, Werner Hegemann and Jane Jacobs, utopian thinkers such as Paul and Percival Goodman, but also politicians and social sciences have explored the potential of urban interventions to strengthen civic pride and social cohesion. The department section of the History of Architecture and Urbanism researches best practices in various geographical regions, ranging from Colombia to the Czech Republic.

The concept and planning of public native housing estates in Nairobi/Kenya, 1918-1948
Proximity, Crime, Politics and Design. Medellin’s popular neighborhoods and the experience of belonging