Urban Development in Renaissance Italy
By (author) Paul N. Balchin
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Urban Development in Renaissance Italy by Paul N. Balchin
Book DescriptionProviding a comprehensive account of one of the most formative historical periods, this book uniquely describes Renaissance architecture as the physical manifestation of economic, social and political change. Shifts in architectural style and design are described in parallel with Italy's economic and demographic growth, external and internal conflict and the evolution of urban and regional government. Urban Development in Renaissance Italy covers the full extent of the Renaissance period, charting the era's medieval roots and its transformation into Mannerist and Baroque tendencies. Encompassing Palermo and Naples, the book fully covers northern, central and southern Italy, surpassing the conventional literature that tends to focus solely on northern Italy. Transforming medieval towns into city states, Renaissance governments invested heavily in developing the built environment to create a sense of awe and civic pride; while aristocratic dynasties, bankers and merchants commissioned sumptuous properties as a means of expressing their wealth and position in society; and holy orders built imposing churches to extend their influence. Architecture and planning, it is argued by Dr Paul Balchin provided a clear and significant path to political and economic power. It is within this context that the centre of political and economic gravity shifted over time within Italy from the republic of Venice in the 14th century to Medici Florence in the 15th century, and on to Papal Rome in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780470031544
(226mm x 180mm x 37mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Urban Development in Renaissance Italy, Paperback (April 2008)
Reinterprets the underlying causes and effects of architecture and town planning in urban Italy during one of the country's most vibrant and celebrated periods. It puts economic and political influences at center stage rather than artistic inspiration or nostalgia for the classical past.
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Housing Policy in Britain, Paperback (September 1996)» View all books by Paul N. Balchin
This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the economic, political and social issues of housing across the continent. The changing policy and practice of housing in fifteen countries from across Northern, Western, Southern and Central Europe are described, analysed and compared.
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Author Biography - Paul N. Balchin
Dr Paul Balchin is former Reader in Urban Economics at the University of Greenwich and Visiting Lecturer in European Town Planning at Kingston University. Published widely, he is author and co-author of several books on different aspects of the built environment, including publications on planning in the European Union.
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