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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'.

The Systems and Rational Process Views of Planning
The systems and rational process views of planning
Introduction: The Radical Change in Town Planning Thought

In 1969 a fourth edition of Lewis Keeble's book, Principles and Practice of Town and Country Planning, was published. This was still substantially the same text as had originally been published in 1952. In the same year, 1969, another book was published which, like Keeble's book before it, was to become a standard text for planning students: Brian McLoughlin's Urban and Regional Planning: A Systems Approach.Figure 4.1 shows the covers of the 1969 edition of Keeble's book and McLoughlin's book, side by side. Nothing more vividly captures the radical change in town planning thought which took place in the 1960s than the contrasting ...

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