The Urban Garden City

Shaping the City with Gardens Through History

  • Sandrine Glatron
  • Laurence Granchamp

Part of the Cities and Nature book series (CITIES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Sandrine Glatron, Laurence Granchamp
    Pages 1-14
  3. Insight on European Urban Gardens Models Through Ages

  4. Urban Gardens Under the Biodiversity Order

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Francesca Di Pietro, Lotfi Mehdi, Marion Brun, Céline Tanguay
      Pages 131-151
    3. Mathilde Riboulot-Chetrit, Laurent Simon, Richard Raymond
      Pages 165-184
  5. How Gardens are Part of the Urban Landscape Policies and Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Helene Haniotou, Eleni Dalipi
      Pages 245-268
  6. Gardening Collectively: What Potential Places and Space?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Beatrice Del Monte, Victoria Sachsé
      Pages 271-288

About this book


This book provides an extensive interdisciplinary overview of the role of gardens in cities throughout different historical periods. It shows that, thanks to various forms of spatial and social organisation, gardens are part of the material urban landscape, biodiversity, symbolic and social shape, and assets of our cities, and are increasingly becoming valued as an ‘order’ to follow. 
Gardens have long been part of the development of cities, serving different purposes through the ages: shaping neighborhoods to promote health or hygiene, introducing aesthetic or biological elements, gathering the citizens around a social purpose, and providing food and diversity in times of crisis. Highlighting examples that can serve as the basis for comparisons, the chapters offer a brief panorama of experiences and models of gardens in the city – in the European context and in various periods of history – while also discussing issues related to garden cities, urban agriculture and community gardens.
The contributors are university staff from various disciplines in the human and life sciences, in discourse with other academics but also with practitioners who are interested in experiences with urban gardens and in promoting an awareness of their spatial, social and ‘philosophical’ goals throughout history.
The book will appeal to urban geographers, sociologists and historians, but also to urban ecologists dealing with ecosystem services, biodiversity and sustainable development in cities. From a more operational standpoint, landscape planners and architects are sure to find many of the projects enlightening and inspirational.


Collective Gardens Inhabitant Uses Biodiversity in Cities Urban Landscapes in Europe Anthropology and Sociology of Urban Areas Moral and Aesthetic Values

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandrine Glatron
    • 1
  • Laurence Granchamp
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire Dynamiques Européennes—DynamEUniversité de Strasbourg/CNRSStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire Dynamiques Européennes—DynamEUniversité de Strasbourg/CNRSStrasbourgFrance

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