New Architecture and City Planning: A Symposium

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THE FUTURE ORGANIZATION OF PLANNING IN THE FIELD OF HOUSING AS RELATED TO CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING

By JACOB CRANE and WINTERS HAYDOCK

As indicated in the title, this discussion has to do with organization for planning in the field of housing after the war, not with the techniques of such planning. That emphasis explains the inclusion in this article of a listing of the principal national associations which are in a position to assist in the further organization of the planning movement.

There is accumulating evidence of an awakening consciousness of a need for planning in providing for the housing of urban communities. Other types of community development have long been subject to scrutiny in the light of planning principles, but, until comparatively recently, housing seems to have been considered a thing apart which might well be allowed to take care of itself. The fallacy of this philosophy has long been recognized by many students of the subject. To these observers, the need for planning housing on a community-wide basis is obvious.

Provision of housing has been, and probably will continue to be, largely a matter for private enterprise. For this very reason guidance along channels of long-range economic soundness is necessary to safeguard the individual interests of both the builders and the users of private housing. Planned development of the housing

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