The Danger Of Community Planning

John Kaliski outlines the 'democratic' challenge to urban design by community planning.

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May 6, 2005, 7:00 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

"...Citizen experts rather than planners or designers are firmly in charge of the evolution and design of the city. Most critically, these circumstances are typical of the state of infrastructure planning in the United States, and they challenge planners, architects, landscape architects and, last and least, urban designers, to reassess their roles with regard to the planning, design, and production of contemporary urbanism.

...In this environment, the planning discourses of everyday life and professional plans for the form of the metropolis gradually become one. 'Everyday' people are asked to consume and form opinions about everything from large-scale infrastructural decisions to tot lot beautification."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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