Month: January 2017

Planning for the Peripatetic

– Bruce Long Many Ancient Greek Philosophers were peripatetic: they would walk about a lot whilst thinking, and whilst talking, and whilst arguing, and whilst – thinking some more. The Peripatetic school was founded by Aristotle. It was an actual school of philosophy – which the Greeks were apt to establish as a general rule in their spare time, and lots of other times. Academies were central to the philosophical life of Athens and Ancient Greece. Now, with the current available data from neuroscience and the health sciences about the benefits of walking for our general health and wellbeing...

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Philosophical ideas that impact planning decisions and directions

РViv Straw Unlike philosophers of science, planners cannot point to a single philosophical idea that drives their decision-making processes. Science and its resultant technological outputs are founded on a theoretical paradigm. The Universe is made up of materials and energy sources that act, perhaps react,  in predictable ways. This fundamental constant allows scientists to study the phenomena to find the patterns and eventually design new technologies to take advantage of research findings. For science to be successful, it is necessary to be able to repeat the test and get the same result: this is evidence based science. The...

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Information Science, Information Theory, and Planning Philosophies…

– Bruce Long My specialisation is the philosophy of information and information theory (you can find some easily consumable material at informationist.info). ¬†This is a very analytic and scientifically attuned kind of philosophy, but it does in fact have some overlap with continental philosophy. The overlap does not (only) come from the usual source: the crossover between philosophy of mind and phenomenological existentialism (the fancy term, you may remember, for describing conscious experience from an existentialist or “existing as a perceiving/experiencing being” perspective). The common ground is located more in the surprising nexus of aesthetic theory, psychology, and the...

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The Philosophy of Planning Is Everywhere Urban Planning Is

– Bruce Long The state of the art in urban, town, and city planning provides lots of examples of how planning philosophy is always operating in the background in planning scenarios. We have mentioned in previous articles that the primary contemporary planning philosophies are constructivism, positivism, and functionalism (mostly in China). Constructivists see the solution to problems as being situated with the beliefs, imaginations, and intuition of people. Constructivists about urban and planning regard that the important data and research used to plan an urban environment should come from such things as studies centered upon social psychology and testing...

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