Author: Viv Straw

The Philosophical Context of Planning Constructivism and Positivism

Bruce Long is a postgraduate PhD candidate at The University of Sydney, where he is completing his doctorate in The Philosophy of Information and Information Theory. Bruce is professionally published in philosophy journals such as Synthese and Metascience, and writes content and articles in numerous blogs and magazines. He is a seasoned short story author and ghost-writer, and has tutored and taught undergraduate courses ranging from metaphysics, to epistemology, to critical thinking and logic, moral philosophy and ethical theory, and even database theory and software design. He has been awarded the Lucy Firth prize for a published paper, and has taught English and (modern and postmodern) literary theory.

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Planning Themes Introduction

This article is the first in a series exploring themes derived from Randolph Hester and others for development of place/cities, an Australian Ecological Democracy framework. Viv Straw if a Fellow of the PIA and Tony Trobe is an Architect who writes for the Canberra Times. TT: Viv you have some radical ideas about the future of planning in Canberra and our cities, in general, would you like to explain them to us? VS: Tony, Globally four major trends characterise changes in urban typology. The first of these is urban resurgence which is a function of people moving back to cities. Cities are attractive, lively places to live and work, and centres of intellectual and creative capacity. The second is the High-tech, global economy which has been a driver of recent economic expansion and new opportunities in cities. The third is a recognition that there is a need to diversify land uses and build solid revenue basis, and the need to create livable urban centres. And the fourth is a trend towards an increased investment in mass transit or urban transit opportunities and to orient development toward urban transit rather than private commuting options. The convergence of these trends leads to the realisation that a substantial market exists for new forms of walkable, mixed-use urban development around a new light rail, rail or rapid bus interchanges. More than 100 American...

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