The post-war reconstruction planning of London

Larkham, Peter J. and Adams, David (2023) The post-war reconstruction planning of London. Planning Perspectives. ISSN 0266-5433

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The replanning of London following the Second World War is, in many ways, a familiar story. However it has often been told in fragments, usually prioritising the best-known plans and the involvement of Professor Patrick Abercrombie. This paper positions the replanning more widely, considering a hierarchy from region to specific locales, and the problems of fragmented planning within such a structure. It explores issues of agents, agency and authority. The sanitized and orderly vision of a new London is set against a more complex and disordered reality of reconstruction-plan production. The urgency, scale and complexity of the task, and questions of why should ‘author’ plans, are significant issues. The realities of postwar London have been shaped by a messy and misunderstood process.

Item Type: Article
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5 April 2023Accepted
21 April 2023Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: London, post-Second World War, replanning, reconstruction, authority, Patrick Abercrombie
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-04 - planning (urban, rural and regional)
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > College of Built Environment
Depositing User: Peter Larkham
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2023 15:08
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 11:45

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