During the post war period, modernist urban planning was seen by both capitalist as communist countries as an instrument of Cold War politics, embodying values and ideology. Cities in the new nation states in Africa, Asia and Latin America were planned and/or designed with support of the USSR or the USA, to win over populations. By unraveling case studies from all parts of the world, the ambiguous and fascinating story of new cities and their mile high social and political ambitions unfolds.
New Towns on the Cold War Frontier is an ongoing research and book project by Crimson & INTI.

This is a BOOK IN PROGRESS by Crimson Historians and Urbanists. Its title is: "New Towns on the Cold War Frontier". At this moment, we present you a list of contents, an introduction and some chapters, each in itself the size of a book and independently readable. In due time there will be more chapters, added one by one. Eventually, the book will be printed in one volume of about 1800 pages. But this will take a while. We and our other authors simply can’t wait that long. Our essays want to get out there and partake in the many discussions on urban planning especially in the developing world. We believe in open source, both as a way of sharing knowledge with anyone interested and as a way to improve our own research with other researcher’s insights.

4 March 2020
16 June 2009 - 16 June 2009, 19:00 – 21:00
13 February 2009
14 November 2008 - Crimson, Michelle Provoost
27 October 2008
4 October 2007 - Tegenlicht, VPRO

Looking at the cities that were built from scratch during the fifties and sixties all over the world, it is astonishing to see how the world population growth was accommodated along very similar lines in places very remote and different in culture and political background. Whether one looks at the Villes Nouvelles around Paris, the New Towns close to London, the new parts of Stockholm or cities like Hoogvliet in the Netherlands, a similar strategy and design method was applied. These cities were erected based on the ideas of the garden city, and a hierarchical ordering and zoning of functions relying on modernist urban planning.

May 2007 - article by Michelle Provoost

Almere geldt in Nederland als de typische polderstad, uiterst Hollands, uit de klei getrokken daar waar eerst niets was. Zij wordt wel de ultieme 21ste eeuwse stad genoemd, de modernste Hollandse stad, niet alleen omdat ze pas dertig lentes jong is, maar ook omdat zich hier de suburbane levensstijl heeft kunnen ontwikkelen zoals nergens anders in ons land.

May 2007 - article by Michelle Provoost

Only six kilometers long, Rotterdam’s subway line was the shortest in the world when it opened in 1968. Not surprisingly, the city took great pride in having built the Netherlands’ first subway. It was yet another sign of the city’s agility in re-inventing itself after the devastating air raid that had destroyed it’s historical core in 1940.

23 June 2004 - article by Michelle Provoost