Does Non-Planning Work?

Architect Cedric Price recently passed away, but his experiments in England with non-planned areas are still fundamental.
September 5, 2003, 5am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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Paul Barker writes about his friend and architect Cedric Price (1934-2003), who advocated "the concept of an 'anticipatory architect' who would give people the freedom to control and shape their own environment; all buildings should allow for obsolescence and complete changes of use... [Barker and Price] collaborated on Non-Plan, an anti-planning polemic, which infuriated architects, planners and assorted do-gooders. The idea emerged during a conversation [with] Peter Hall, geographer and planner, in the late 1960s. [The three were] appalled at the disasters that urban planning had brought about [and] wondered if things could be any worse if there were no planning at all... [Price] suggested carrying out a Non-Plan test. Four districts should be freed from all controls... in the London Docklands. Without it, there would be no Canary Wharf..."

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Published on Thursday, September 4, 2003 in Open Democracy
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