Elizabeth MacDonald

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195374995
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article discusses beauty as a goal of urban planning, and presents a brief history of beauty as a driving force in city building and professional city-planning activities from the pre-modern era up to the present day. It also considers several theoretical frameworks that lend insight into why beauty in cities is important and then moves on to key concerns voiced about beauty in contemporary planning practice.

Keywords: beauty; urban planning; city building; city planning; theoretical frameworks; planning practice

Article.  6327 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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