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Professor Sir Peter Hall

Professor Sir Peter Hall

Professor Sir Peter Hall, the influential urban planner and former lecturer in LSE’s Department of Geography, has died at the age of 82.

Commenting on Sir Peter's legacy and time at LSE, Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London, said:

"Professor Sir Peter Hall was one of the world’s most distinguished urbanists and planners.  He sustained a belief in a form of town and country planning that emerged after the Second World War and which profoundly influenced professional and academic thinking.

He set up the Regional and Urban Planning Studies Programme in the Department of Geography at the LSE in 1966 and was its first Director.  The course is still flourishing. He was latterly associated with LSE London and LSE Cities and was a regular lecturer at the School.  He had also taught at the University of Reading, the University of California, Berkeley and had for many years held a chair at the Bartlett School, University College, London.

He was a founding editor of the academic journal Regional Studies. He wrote a number of definitive books, including The World Cities, London 2000, The Containment of Urban England, London 2001 and Cities in Civilization.  He had continued to collaborate with colleagues in the Geography and Environment Department at LSE.

Practical as well as academic, he advised governments, was a member of Lord Rogers’s ‘Urban Task Force’ and became president of the Town & County Planning Association. He was awarded a number of honorary doctorates and was a fellow of the British Academy.

He was endlessly energetic and always developing new ideas.  These ideas were communicated by way of a brilliant lecturing style and also through the media.

Most importantly of all, he was a generous, accessible and kind man."

Image courtesy of Planning Magazine.

01 August 2014