Planning and the Urban Community: Essays on Urbanism and City Planning Presented before a Seminar Sponsored by the Joint Committee on Planning and Urban Development of Carnegie Institute of Technology and University of Pittsburgh

Planning and the Urban Community: Essays on Urbanism and City Planning Presented before a Seminar Sponsored by the Joint Committee on Planning and Urban Development of Carnegie Institute of Technology and University of Pittsburgh

Planning and the Urban Community: Essays on Urbanism and City Planning Presented before a Seminar Sponsored by the Joint Committee on Planning and Urban Development of Carnegie Institute of Technology and University of Pittsburgh

Planning and the Urban Community: Essays on Urbanism and City Planning Presented before a Seminar Sponsored by the Joint Committee on Planning and Urban Development of Carnegie Institute of Technology and University of Pittsburgh

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It cannot quite be said that city planning is a field in search of a subject, and yet it is true that the topic of its central concern--the urban community--is not readily defined. This difficulty, however, planning shares with all the disciplines and professions that are importantly concerned with urbanism--and its problems. Thus, planning inevitably joins forces with other fields of study in a search for understanding of the urban phenomenon, first--in historical sequence--easily labeled the City, then the Metropolis, and now increasingly (and not so easily) labeled the Urban Region.

The essays in this section, in different ways, probe the nature of modern urbanism and its many facets. The authors here are clearly not blind men touching the various individual parts of the elephant and crying out that they thereby know the nature of the beast. There is evident throughout a sensitivity that what is being dealt with is a highly complex phenomenon with delicately interrelated parts, that an evolutionary process is at work and one must see it in all of its dynamism.

As is true of the other two parts of the volume, the subject of this section is far from exhausted; rather there is a highlighting of a few significant and intriguing elements. And yet the breadth and complexity of the subject emerges fully. We are shown the urban community as a civilization--as a way of life and as the product of that way of life, as a "physical utility for collective living," and as a work of art; as a society (as a community)--encompassing a vast network of human and institutional interrelationships, changing its char-

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