Town Planning Review

Shaping, making and managing places: Creating and maintaining sustainable communities through the delivery of enhanced skills and knowledge

Town Planning Review (2009), 80, (4-5), 437–454.

Abstract

The role of planners in the shaping, making and management of place is frequently misunderstood and often contested by other professionals. These difficulties reflect problems of definition and practice, and also represent weaknesses in the education, training and continuing professional development of planners and associated professionals. This article first explores the origins, evolution and content of the place shaping, making and management debate, with particular reference to the implications for skills and knowledge development. Following this initial discussion, attention turns to the emergence and various dimensions of sustainable communities policy and practice; specific attention is paid here to the skills required in order to create and maintain such places. The final section of the paper offers conclusions on the nature and content of the education and training of planners and other professionals, and presents some thoughts on the likely future development of policy and practice.

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