Town Planning Review

Planning praxis: Ethics, values and theory

Town Planning Review (2002), 73, (3), 253–269.


This paper argues that planning needs to be understood fundamentally as spatial ethics, a form of applied ethics; and that it is therefore important that we develop an understanding of how key ideas in ethics relate to planning. The paper uses examples of current planning practice, and Abercrombie's own concerns, to demonstrate how different ethical precepts are engaged in planning. It concludes by arguing the importance of recognising that planning is concerned with values, and that there is a need to make explicit the ethical frameworks through which we debate their application to the making of place and the mediation of space.

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Upton, Robert