Town Planning Review

From concept to completion: A critical analysis of the urban village

Town Planning Review (2003), 74, (2), 165–193.

Abstract

This paper provides a critical review of the 'life' of a planning concept—the urban village. Initially it considers the process whereby the concept has become discursively fixed into something seemingly homogeneous, and located carefully in relation to both established and emerging debates about, for example, community, design and sustainability. The paper then moves on to consider the value and utility of the concept as it has been implemented and then subsequently as it became a lived experience. This process of implementing the concept has resulted in it becoming unfixed. This resulted from—an intensification in debates relating to urban policy; changes in the institution that owns the concept; tensions from the competing professional agendas; tensions between urban village design and development principles and the local circumstances; and contradictions between the concept as a product of professional discourse and the experiences and aspirations of residents.

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Biddulph, Michael

Franklin, Bridget

Tait, Malcolm