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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'.

Paradigm Shifts, Modernism and Postmodernism
Paradigm shifts, modernism and postmodernism
Changes in Planning Thought and Paradigms

It will be clear from this book that ideas about town planning have changed over the fifty year period since the end of the Second World War. But what have been the most significant changes? In this concluding chapter I offer a retrospective overview of the evolution of town planning thought since 1945, and in doing so, I shall try to describe the most significant shifts in planning thought over this period.

At various times since 1945 overviews of post-war planning theory have appeared (e.g. Friedmann and Hudson, 1974; Galloway and Mahayni, 1977; Hemmens, 1980; Healey, McDougall and Thomas, 1982a; Yiftachel, 1989; Hague, 1991; Healey, 1991). Galloway and Mahayni (1977) speak of ...

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