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Representational Perspectives on Urban Planning History

Type of project
Basic research

About the project

This project examins how urban planners go about when representing the city.

The focus on urban representations is a way to open the history of urban planning towards perspectives from urban theory as well as historiographical approaches such as new historicism. The doctoral thesis Byplanlegging som representasjon (2003) is an analysis of the 1929-general plan for Oslo, made by Oslo’s chief city planner, Harald Hals. It explores the many various ways in which the city is represented in text, drawing, maps and diagrams. (A short version of the thesis can be found in the article “Urban planning as representation”, published in Manifestoes and Transformations, edited by Christian Hermansen Cordua, 2010). The outcome of this project is a book on the history of urban representations within modern urban planning.