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Edinburgh - The Making of a Capital City

Edited by Brian Edwards, Paul Jenkins

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This book provides a unique and comprehensive review of the making and re-making of Edinburgh over most of the last millennium. A series of themes of wide relevance are explored and discussed in the context of their impact upon the form of the city and its success as a capital. These include:

  • The European influence on urban and architectural form.
  • The synthesis of architecture, landscape and topography.
  • The dialogue between conservation and innovation.
  • The search for social, economic and cultural sustainability.
  • The role of governance and public action in urban ecology.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
An introduction to Edinburgh and its relevance for urban development
Professor Brian Edwards, School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art and Dr. Paul Jenkins, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University
SECTION I THE ATHENS OF THE NORTH
1. Early beginnings and urban growth up to c.1730: the evolution of the medieval and renaissance city
Dr Ian Campbell and Margaret Stewart, School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art
2. Twinning cities: modernisation versus improvement in the two towns of Edinburgh
Professor Charles McKean, Professor of Scottish Architecture, University of Dundee
3. Landscape, topography and hydrology
John Stuart-Murray, Head of School of Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art
SECTION II THE CITY IN THE INDUSTRIAL AGE
4. Capital landscapes: industry and the built environment in Edinburgh
Professor Richard Rodger, Professor of Urban History and Director of the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester
5. The development of tenement housing
Dr. Peter Robinson, Architect and Planner, Edinburgh

SECTION III URBAN MANAGEMENT IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY
6. 'Conservative surgery' in Old Edinburgh, 1890-1940
Dr. Lou Rosenburg, Senior Research Fellow, School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, and Jim Johnston, Architect
7. Housing and suburbanisation in the early and mid 20th century
Dr. Miles Glendinning, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
8. The changing role of the planner before and after the Second World War and the effect on urban form
Professor Cliff Hague, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University
SECTION IV THE CITY IN THE POST-INDUSTRIAL AND POST-MODERN AGE
9. New provision and conservation in the built environment in the latter part of the 20th century
Dr. Paul Jenkins and Dr. Julian Holder School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art and
10. Preparing for the 21st century: the city in a global environment
Derek Kerr, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University
11. The changing image and identity of the city in the 21st century: 'Athens of the North' or 'North of Athens'
Professor Cliff Hague and Dr. Paul Jenkins, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University

CONCLUSIONS
12. Learning from history
Professor Brian Edwards, School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art and Dr. Paul Jenkins, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University.

About the Author

Brian Edwards is Professor of Sustainable Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He is author of numerous books, the most recent of which are Courtyard Housing (2004), Green Architecture (2001), Sustainable Housing (2000) and Green Buildings Pay (1988).

Paul Jenkins is Director of the Centre for Environment and Human Settlements, Heriot-Watt University. He is joint editor of Urban Development and Civil Society (2001) and Place Identity, Participation and Planning (Routledge, 2004).

Reviews

Not so much a celebration of Edinburgh's past as a passionate and serious-minded attempt to secure its future as a dynamic capital city of global significance, written by a group of expert researchers who clearly care a great deal about their subject.
- Mark Towsey, University of St Andrews, Scottish Historical Review