Planning Conflict and Disorder in a City Persuasive Essay by Mark Lewis

Planning Conflict and Disorder in a City
The paper discusses whether it is a good idea to plan conflict and disorder out of a city.
# 107267 | 2,284 words | 11 sources | APA | 2005 | GB
Published on Aug 31, 2008 in Environmental Studies (Design) , Environmental Studies (Urban Issues)

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The paper states that the rational planning of cities has been shown not to realise the practical nature of urban life. The paper describes that plans are not focused on bettering the lives of actual people but instead attempt to change their lives to suit the comprehensive plans of the planners. The paper argues that planning a conflict free environment is not only impossible but is actually detrimental. If disorder is not experienced, then individuals cannot fully develop as they will remain with the adolescent desire for purity and will reject the unknown. The paper calls for planning which realises the specific needs of communities .

From the Paper:

"To replace these lost informal controls Wirth saw it as necessary to implement formal moral order which would maintain control in cities. These formal controls could not be left to develop spontaneously in the same way as the informal controls of rural communities but must be a result of rational planning and execution. However, he did not argue that individuals should be coerced into accepting this new moral order. Instead, he saw it as necessary for these new values to be internally appropriated by the individual so that they would voluntarily act in accordance with society without the need for negative sanctions. These ideas have often been criticised as being functionalist. Although this may be true of Wirth's practical proposals, his theoretical work showed an awareness of these issues which he did not included in his more substantive writings. The architect Le Corbusier was one of the most famous and influential people associated with the real development of rational urban planning. He saw it as necessary to remove the dark and dank streets of old irrational cities and replace them with new, rationally planned environments which would enhance the lives of residents."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fishman, R. 1987, 'Bourgeois Utopias: Visions of Suburbia' in Readings in planning theory, Scott Campbell and Susan S. Fainstein [ed.] 1996, Cambridge, USA: Blackwell
  • Friedman, J. 2000, 'The Good City: In Defence of Utopian Thinking', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research vol. 24 no. 2
  • Giddens, A. 1991, Modernity and Self-Identity, Cornwall: Polity Press
  • Jacobs, J. 1961, 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities' in Readings in planning theory, Scott Campbell and Susan S. Fainstein [ed.] 1996, Cambridge, USA: Blackwell
  • Peter-Smith, M. 1980, The City and Social Theory, Oxford: Basil Blackwell

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