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On the history and potentials of evolutionary metaphors in urban planning

Mehmood, Abid ORCID: 2010. On the history and potentials of evolutionary metaphors in urban planning. Planning Theory 9 (1) , pp. 63-87. 10.1177/1473095209346495

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This article looks at the history of evolutionary thought in urban planning. It classifies the use of evolutionary metaphors in three broad theoretical streams. The first stream of thought considers the existence of vital forces and energy flows (vitalism) in an urban form. The second stream provides a holistic-organic (organicism) perspective to the city. The third stream, contemporarily very popular in social sciences, is based on the natural evolutionary theories of Lamarck and Darwin to look at urban dynamics. It is suggested that the flexible-adaptive and self-regulatory nature of evolutionary metaphors can support a holistic-integrative perspective to urban and regional planning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chicago School; Darwinism; evolutionary economics; spatial planning
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1473-0952
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 01:46

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