Exhibiting the city: planning ideas and public involvement in wartime and early post-war Britain

Larkham, Peter and Lilley, Keith (2012) Exhibiting the city: planning ideas and public involvement in wartime and early post-war Britain. Town Planning Review, 83 (6). pp. 647-668. ISSN 0041-0020

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Abstract

Engaging the wider public in plan-making is a major concern of contemporary planning, although most authors date this to key texts of the late 1960s. This article reviews the scale and nature of earlier attempts to do so at a crucial stage in the development of British planning thought and practice – in 1940s Britain, when planning was responding to the crisis and opportunity of wartime damage. It explores public involvement principally through the exhibitions associated with the large number of post-war reconstruction plans. The then-dominant expert-driven model of plan-making overruled the views expressed by the public, and exhibition visitors were simply seen as consumers of the propaganda of planning. The new model of planning and plans following the 1947 Act moved away from exhibitions and consultation to become even more expert-driven and technocentric.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Submitted to REF 2014, UoA 16, Peter Larkham
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Miss Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 08:29
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 08:29
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/265

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