Improving contemporary approaches to the master planning process.

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    Master-planning has had a strong revival in recent years. However, significant demographic and social changes are on-going amidst the constraints of the current economic stagnation, the policy of reduced public spending and the drive to respond to environmental imperatives. These conditions challenge the feasibility of the application of past master-planning practice. The way we conceive of master-planning now requires re-visiting. The traditional perspective of master-planning as a design-led activity concerned with the architectural form of buildings, spaces and infrastructures is out-dated and inadequate to coordinating the plural processes of negotiating sustainable place development which, in addition to realising a visually pleasing townscape, critically satisfies social, functional, economic and environmental requirements. Masterplanning requires both a business planning component, without which there is no delivery, and a governance component, without which the physical strategy has no legitimacy. A more adaptive master-planning approach is required. The paper proposes how a flexible master-planning process can provide a basis of a suitable approach for the development of sustainable settlements.
    Published in Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning, Vol 167, Issue 1, October 2013. Permission is granted by ICE Publishing to print one copy for personal use. Any other use of this PDF file is subject to reprint fees.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-34
    Number of pages10
    JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Urban Design and Planning
    Issue number1
    Early online date11 Oct 2013
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


    • planning and scheduling
    • sustainability
    • town and city planning

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Urban Studies
    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Architecture


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