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With the dawning of the nineteent century, European capitals and cities underwent unprecedented expansion due to the substantial advancement in construction technology, the relatively stable international political climate, the emergence of multifunctional urban systems and, above all, due to the heightened economic incentives of urbam growth.
Districts established in the nineteenth best represent the extensive and expansive sectors of the modern day city's heritage. This phenomenon reflects the aspirations of both professionals and a culturally enlightened public.
On the other hand, the process of modernisation of these districts should be understood as an evitable part of the urban organism's natural long-tem development. The difficult nature of this task has been widely recognised. Profound concerns about the incorporation of cultural and historic values of the nineteenth century districts have been increasingly felt by all. These are the issues addressed by the authors in the ensuing chapters. (extract of the Introduction)
Editors: Jaroslav Machacek, John Ferris
Created by the Institute of Art History (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), the Central European University of Prague and the University of Nottingham and presented at March 1993 Symposium in Prague.