Garden cities and colonial planning

Transnationality and urban ideas in Africa and Palestine

Edited by Liora Bigon and Yossi Katz

Garden cities and colonial planning


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9055-4
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: May 2014
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Modern History, History, History, Colonialism & imperialism, ARCHITECTURE / History / General, HISTORY / General, The arts / History of architecture
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


This collection is a study of the process by which European planning concepts and practices were transmitted, diffused and diverted in various colonial territories and situations. The socio-political, geographical and cultural implications are analysed here through case studies from the global South, namely from French and British colonial territories in Africa as well as from Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine.

The book focuses on the transnational aspects of the garden city, taking into account frameworks and documentation that extend beyond national borders, and includes contributions from an international network of specialists. Their comparative views and geographical focus challenge the conventional, Eurocentric approach to garden cities, and will interest students and scholars of planning history and colonial history.


The volume is indeed a welcomed addition to the literature on colonial urbanism.


Introduction: Garden cities and colonial planning: transnationality and urban ideas in Africa and Palestine - Liora Bigon and Yossi Katz
PART I: Garden cities and colonial Africa
1. Symbolic usage in the 'garden city' concept during the French Protectorate in Morocco: from the Howardian model to garden housing-estates - Charlotte Jelidi
2. From metropolitan to colonial planning: Dakar between garden city and cité-jardin - Liora Bigon
3. The 'plateau' in West-African, French-speaking colonial towns: between garden and city - Alain Sinou
4. The afterlife of the Lanchester Plan: Zanzibar as the garden city of tomorrow - Garth Andrew Myers and Makame Ali Muhajir
PART II: Garden cities in colonial and mandate Palestine (Eretz Israel)
5. 'May be solved by the construction of garden cities' (Theodor Herzl): German-Jewish literary proposals on garden cities in Eretz Israel - Ines Sonder
6. Urban development and the 'garden city': examples from late Ottoman era Palestine (and notes leading up to the late British Mandate) - Yossi Katz and Liora Bigon
7. Garden cities and suburbs in Palestine: the case of Tel Aviv - Miki Zaidman and Ruth Kark
Afterword: Multilateral channels, garden cities and colonial planning - Liora Bigon and Yossi Katz


Liora Bigon is a Research Fellow in European Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Yossi Katz is Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Garden cities and colonial planning

Edited by Liora Bigon, Yossi Katz

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