100 pages | 24 B/W Illus.
The planning of urban and rural areas requires thinking about where people will live, work, play, study, shop and how they will get about the place, and to devise strategies for long time periods. Town Planning: The Basics provides a general introduction to the components of urban areas, including housing, transportation and infrastructure, and health and environment, showing how appropriate policies can be developed. Explaining planning activity at different scales of operation, this book distinguishes between the "big stuff", the grand strategy for providing homes, jobs and infrastructure; the "medium stuff", the design and location of development; and the "small stuff" affecting mainly small sites and individual households.
Planning as an activity is part of a complex web stretching way beyond the planning office, and this book provides an overview of the many components needed to create a successful town. It is invaluable to anyone with an interest in planning, from students learning about the subject for the first time to graduates thinking about embarking on a career in planning, to local councillors on planning committees and community boards.
Chapter 1 The Big Stuff - Planning Gets Started: Planning Is Conceived as a Way of Confronting Some Big Issues
Chapter 2 The First Big Issues: Houses and Infrastructure
Chapter 3 More Big Issues - Employment and the Regions: Planning for Changing Employment
Chapter 4 More Big Issues - Health, Environment and the Countryside
Chapter 5 More Big Issues - Getting Around: Dealing with Transport in Urban Areas
Chapter 6 The Medium Stuff - Where to Put Things?: The Design and Laying Out of Urban Areas
Chapter 7 The Small Stuff: The Day-to-Day Work of the Planning Office
Chapter 8 Policies and Decisions: How a Planning System Works
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