Following the Second World War, modern systems of urban and regional planning were established in Britain and most other developed countries. In this book, Nigel Taylor describes the changes in planning thought which have taken place since then.
He outlines the main theories of planning, from the traditional view of urban planning as an exercise in physical design, to the systems and rational process views of planning of the 1960s; from Marxist accounts of the role of planning in capitalist society in the 1970s, to theories about planning implementation, and more recent views of planning as a form of `communicative action'.
Nigel Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Planning and Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
PART ONE: EARLY POST-WAR PLANNING THEORY Town Planning as Physical Planning and Design The Values of Post-War Planning Theory Early Critiques of Post-War Planning Theory PART TWO: PLANNING THEORY IN THE 1960S The Systems and Rational Process Views of Planning Planning as a Political Process PART THREE: PLANNING THEORY FROM THE 1970S TO THE 1990S Theory about the Effects of Planning Rational Planning and Implementation Planning Theory after the New Right PART FOUR: CONCLUSIONS Paradigm Shifts, Modernism, and Postmodernism