Advances in Spatial Planning by J. Burian

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2 Fluid Planning: A Meaningless Concept or a Rational Response to Uncertainty in Urban Planning? Torill Nyseth Department of Sociology, Political Science and Community Planning University of Tromsø Norway 1. Introduction Many contemporary writers have developed and elaborated upon various fluid metaphors to capture aspects of contemporary social life (Urry, 2000). Flows and fluidity are some of the catchwords in social, cultural, and urban thinking that is used as building blocks in theorizing contemporary trends with a focus on process, connectivity, and mobility at the expense of the previous focus on boundedness, hierarchy, and form (Simonsen, 2004: 1333).

Noone has bothered to adorn it: it is simply the reverse side. ] 64 65 Robert Venturi had taught city In his urban-design classic, Learning from Las Vegas, planners the significance of the urban ugly, not as a quality to be subjected to acceptance or rejection, but as an urban feature from which one can learn to produce a successful city-form. Venturi’s observations of Las Vegas are mainly those of an automobile driver. In similar vein Sartre’s Nausea should be seen as a secular guide to walking.

8. Myth of the Rational City A hybrid evolving in geographical space and in historical time, the mind-city composite has given rise to the myth of the Rational City, and with it, to twentieth century city-form of the superscale featuring the urban superconscious as its own psychosocial trait. This latest transmutation of the myth of the ideal city can be viewed as constituting a transition stage of urban environments that were built to perform through mechanically structured time. This transition stage, expressed in Apollonian adherence to an ideal-city concept of structured temporality has led the contemporary city-form to the verge of urban dysfunction.

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