The role of theory in urban planning: a study of metropolitan planning in Perth, Western Australia

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Abstract

The study analytically and critically assesses the theoretical foundations of the plans for metropolitan Perth. It is found that several important explanations of the urban phenomenon were ignored by these plans, that they primarily served the interests of capital, that efficiency dominated the prescriptive aspect of these plans and that elements of design, incrementalism and rational comprehensive methods guided, at various times, their decision-making procedures. It was also found that the three theoretical debates were generally interrelated by a common conservative political ideology. The directions offered by this study in its concluding sections attempt to bring planning theory and practice closer. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
JournalGeowest
Volume24
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes

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