What can the great city builders of the past teach us about cities now? Tristram Hunt (director of the V&A) is one of our most important historians on cities. His classic book, Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City, about the ideas and people who inspired and shaped the great Victorian cities, appears in a new edition in 2019. The ideas of these pioneers shaped not only London, but also Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield and other power-houses of nineteenth-century Britain. Hunt looks at the controversies and visions that fostered Britain’s greatest civic renaissance: how they dealt with social problems; the role of faith and community; pride in self-government; learning from other great cities; the role of commerce and trade; and greater powers over health, education and housing. He offers a brilliant account of great civic leaders and pioneers. This will help us today in building cities that answer the social problems of our age and take advantage of the opportunities now and to come.
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