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Planning and Urban Change
Author: Stephen V. Ward

ISBN: 9781853962189
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17 March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.9 x 24.6 x 1.7
This book provides an entirely new and authoritative historical introduction to urban planning in Britain from its origins in the 1890s to the current directions of the 1990s and beyond. The author, an acknowledged expert in planning history, makes extensive use of recent research to provide a highly readable, evocatively illustrated and thoroughly comprehensive account.

Three basic themes run through the book: ideas, policies and impacts. The first involves an examination of the origins and development of the major aspects of planning thought. Beginning with the early importance of radical and utopian ideas, the book charts the later advocacy of a comprehensive approach in the 1930s and 1940s, the rise and fall of rational 'scientific' planning in the 1960s and 1970s, and the more recent influence of 'new right' and green ideas.

Second, the importance of ideas in shaping policies is discussed, tracing the growth of the planning system and detailing major policy initiatives. Throughout, the intensely political nature of planning is stressed, with frequent reference to the actions of key minister...

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