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New Town

Synopsis
In 1752 Edinburgh launched a competition to design a ‘New Town’ for the Scottish capital. The city desperately needed an upgrade - it was overcrowded, filthy and crumbling. With Scotland a partner in the new United Kingdom, it needed a capital to be proud of. At the same time, Edinburgh was seen as the intellectual capital of Europe - with Adam Smith, David Hume and other figures of the ‘Scottish Enlightenment’ creating an explosion of creative ideas that would change the world. The winning plan by James Craig was a masterpiece of Georgian city planning that reflected these Enlightenment ideas. This film tells the story of how the plan was made real, becoming the most ambitious building project in Britain, and transforming Edinburgh into the most perfect Georgian city on earth. [60 minutes]
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2016
Subjects
Architecture; History
Keywords
Edinburgh; Enlightenment; Scotland; town planning; architecture: Georgian

Online availability

URI
https://store.bbc.com/new-town
Price
£1.89
Delivery
Download

Production Company

Name

BBC Scotland

Distributor

Name

BBC Store

Web
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Notes
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