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Origins of the Healthy City I+II

10 ECT

This course provides an overview of urban history from the eighteenth century to the present. It canvasses the aspiration to use urban planning as a tool to promote public health. This ambition produced a series of urban theories, often summarized in handbooks (ranging from Ildefonso Cerdà’s Teoria General to the Athens Charter) and urban models – the garden city, the neighborhood unit, and many others – that were continually upgraded and adapted to new social, economic and demographic conditions and the changes in the incidence of diseases. Part I (semester 1A) focuses on the period before 1940, Part II on the post-war period.



J.N.C. Rothenburg, Cholera Map Hamburg, 1832
A plan for the sewerage system of the London Thames Embankment, from Blackfriars Bridge to Westminster Bridge, with sections at three points. Lithograph by J. R. Jobbins after Sir J. Bazalgette.
Gehl Institute, Inclusive Healthy Places