Urban planning has changed dramatically over the years. Let’s have a look at some simple visualizations of complex planning ideas that have changed how we live. The infographic describes the tremendous evolution of urban planning dating back to the 1700s.

In 1748 Giambattista Nolli’s map established the now common practice of portraying entire cities from above without a single focal point. Almost 200 years later, in 1903 the well-known architect Ebenezer Howard designed an alternative to the overcrowded and polluted industrial cities so his scheme included vast open space.

As cities came to fill with skyscrapers in the early 20th century, planners turned their interest from the layout to the volume of buildings. That became popular as the Setback Principle.

Furthermore, the notorious architect Frank Lloyd Wright revolutionized the urban planning with this Broadacre city. That happened in 1932 and one years later Le Corbusier envisioned building up, not out. His ideas later reappeared in the design of massive public housing projects in the U.S.



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