Reading Through A Plan: A Visual Theory of Plan Interpretation

Brent D. Ryan

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Reading Through A Plan: A Visual Theory of Plan Interpretation

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This article focuses on the visual theory of interpreting urban plans. It suggests that planners should “read through” plans, not simply to grasp their essential ideas or means of implementing those ideas, but also to perceive additional meanings. The article explains that plans are the major intellectual projects published within the planning profession and that they deserve nothing less than to be read through for all their meanings. The analysis reveals that each plan conforms strongly to the social, economic, and political forces of the time, as well as to contemporary urban design and planning conventions.

Keywords: urban plans; visual theory; intellectual projects; urban design; planning conventions

Article.  10756 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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