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Sir Peter Geoffrey Hall, the Urban Town Planner died at 82

Aug 11, 2014 17:23 IST

Sir Peter Hall, United Kingdom’s planning academician and professor died on 30 July 2014 at University College Hospital, London. He was 82. His death was confirmed by University College London where he taught as a professor of planning.

About Sir Peter Geoffrey Hall
• Sir Peter Geoffrey Hall was born on 19 March 1932 in Hampstead, North London
• In 1968, he was appointed as professor of geography and Head of Department at University of Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom
• From 1980s, he worked parallel in two universities - University of Reading, Berkshire and University of California, Berkeley. He left University of Reading in 1989 and University of California in 1992.
• Thereafter, he had been the professor of Planning and Regeneration at The Bartlett School, University College London until his death


Sir Peter Geoffrey Hall’s Contributions
Professor Peter Hall was best known for creating the concept of enterprise zones to spur growth and development of poor cities by eliminating taxes and regulations that made it difficult for businesses to grow. His idea of enterprise zones transformed Canary Wharf and other urban centres in the 1980s.

While working as a special adviser to Michael Heseltine, he gave out the idea of expanding London eastwards along the shores of Thames River which is known by the name ‘Thames Gateway’.

He favoured expansion of rail service and establishment of garden cities in the middle of small-scale agricultural land. He too suggested that Heathrow Airport of United kingdom should be replaced with new airport in Thames Estuary.

Sir Peter Geoffrey Hall’s Publications
Sir Peter Geoffrey Hall, the world-renowned town planner and geographer, authored more than fifty books and around 2000 articles and essays. His last book ‘Good Cities, Better Lives (2013)’ asked the question that why Britain fails to build happy and prosperous cities like its European neighbours. Some of his known works are:
• Great Planning Disasters in 1980
• Cities in Civilization: Culture, Technology, and Urban Order in 1998
• London Voices, London Lives: Tales from a Working Capital in 2007

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Honours and Awards
Sir Peter Geoffrey Hall was a member of British Academy. In 1998, he was given the post of president to the Town and Country Planning Association. He received many awards and honours thereby:
• Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize in 2001
• Royal Town Planning Institute Gold Medal in 2003
• Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society  in 2003
• He was named as “Pioneer in the Life of the Nation” by the Queen in 2003
• Balzan Prize for the ‘Social and Cultural History of Cities since the Beginning of the 16th Century’ in 2005
• Regional Studies Prize for his Contribution in the Field of Regional Studies in 2008

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