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Re-evaluating the place of urban planning history

Adams, D., Larkham, P. and Pain, K. ORCID: (2015) Re-evaluating the place of urban planning history. Town Planning Review, 86 (4). pp. 373-379. ISSN 1478-341X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2015.24


This commentary seeks to prompt new discussion about the place of urban planning history in the era of contemporary globalisation. Given the deep historic engagement of urban planning thought and practice with ‘place’ shaping and thus with the constitution of society, culture and politics, we ask how relevant is planning's legacy to the shaping of present day cities. Late twentieth century urban sociology, cultural and economic geography have demonstrated the increasing significance of intercity relations and the functional porosity of metropolitan boundaries in the network society, however statutory urban planning systems remain tied to the administrative geographies of states. This ‘territorial fixing’ of practice constrains the operational space of planning and, we argue, also limits its vision to geopolitical scales and agendas that have receding relevance for emerging urban relations. We propose that a re-evaluation of planning history could have an important part to play in addressing this spatial conundrum.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:40471
Publisher:Liverpool University Press


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