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Builders and Planners

A History of Land-use and Infrastructure Planning in the Netherlands

This book looks at the intersection of Dutch infrastructure builders and Dutch spatial planners, both of whom have historically desired to order Dutch space. From the professionalization of builders and planners in the 1920s, when they first sought to leave their mark on the design of the land, to the subsequent transition from urban to regional and national spatial planning, and the groups’ increasingly public roles in the 1950s and ’60s, Builders and Planners is a story of collaboration and conflict, of coalitions and opposition between two expert groups working in the Dutch space. Also including case studies of particular construction projects that shed light on the difficult path from plan to completion, as well as offering insight into the unique nature of planning in the Netherlands through detailed comparison with Belgium, Builders and Planners provides new and fascinating perspectives on the history of Dutch planning and planners.

496 pages | 31 color plates, 43 halftones, | 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2017

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Table of Contents

List of contributors to this book
Hans Jeekel, Ruud Filarski & Jos Arts
Chapter 1. Paradise Regained?
Greet De Block, David de Kool, Bruno De Meulder
First Intermezzo: Building planning traditions
Hans Jeekel & Jos Arts
Chapter 2. The emancipation of the urban view: Dutch spatial planning in an international context (1920-1950)
Gijs Mom
Second intermezzo: The first decades after World War II
Chapter 3. The West and the Rest: The Green Heart and the breakthrough of spatial planning (1950-1982)
Gijs Mom
Third intermezzo: From a professional arena to a political arena
Hans Jeekel & Jos Arts
Chapter 4. Contested spatial planning: ca. 1965-1985
Arjen van der Burg, Odette van da Riet & Bert Toussaint
Fourth intermezzo: Process planning and its difficulties
Jos Arts & Hans Jeekel
Chapter 5. On the Right Track?
Ruud Filarski
Fifth intermezzo: From plan-driven to project-driven planning
Jos Arts & Hans Jeekel
Chapter 6. A Farewell to Big Planning? 1990-2010
Nil Disco & Frank Veraart
Conclusions and a Look at the Future
Index of persons
Index of government departments, agencies and organizations
Index of places, roads and waterways
Illustration Acknowledgements

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