|• urban planning and change|
|• real estate development and challenge|
|• sustainability and the built environment|
The organization of urban planning and the major issues that confront urban planning and development agencies are explored in Parts Two and Three of this book. However, the whole context for urban planning is constantly changing, and communities of all kinds are faced with economic, social and environmental uncertainty. Some of the questions raised or intimated throughout the text are identified and addressed below.
Society seeks certainty, but advances in thought and application lead to the creation of uncertainty as a constant condition. At the same time, however, the whole language of planning implies a high degree of certainty, the very word “plan” implying that some control can be exercised over the future of a given geographical area for which that plan is prepared. Indeed, it has been argued that the fact that we have “statutory” plans and “adopted” plans reinforces the image