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By Dory Reeves

The sensible significance of variety and equality for spatial making plans and sustainable improvement remains to be no longer commonly understood. utilizing foreign examples, this ebook exhibits planners and educationalists the advantages of development in a attention of range and equality at every one level and point of planning.Despite being probably the most varied and gender balanced of the equipped surroundings professions, complacency has been frequent in making plans. This e-book indicates why a various occupation is necessary and drawing on a variety of stable perform, exhibits how these keen on making plans can increase their sensitivity to and services in variety and equality.

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PART 3 SPACE AND PLACE Space and place, social relations and environment are all core concepts for planners and for those engaged in planning, the publics, business and enterprise, lobby groups to name but three. What are needed are a language, literacy, an understanding of place and space which respects difference and diversity and promotes equality (Gehl, 1996). The Schumacher Society defines the sustainable city as one where: Safety in public places, equal opportunities, freedom of expression and the needs of the young, the old and the disabled must be adequately provided for.

Diversity, sustainability, space and place 13 Two theories have been put forward to help explain why we tend to categorize people more readily in terms of race or sex. Essentialists such as Fuss (1989) argue that social differences are mapped on to sexual difference; Constructionists argue that what we understand by essence is in itself a social construction. Malik (1996) goes much further and questions the way in which terminology and meaning become effused. Based on a historical study of the development of ideas about race, racism and racial science, Malik links the language and meaning of race to developments in working-class democracy.

The example of the South East Queensland plan by Margerum (2002) gives an insight into the application of the collaborative approach. Walby’s (1990) theory of patriarchy is used to test the social approach to town planning. 1 Approaches to planning— timeline approaches to planning need to be explicit about their approach to difference. As a result, the analysis of problems and proposed solutions needs to become more relevant to the diverse communities of today and tomorrow. 1). The issues planners identify, how problems become defined and what planners understand as their legitimate knowledge base, all relate to their socio-political contexts.

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