Planning through debate: the communicative turn in planning theory

Healey, P., 1992, Planning through debate: the communicative turn in planning theory, in: The Town Planning Review, 63, 2

  • Author : Healey, P.
  • Year : 1992
  • Journal/Series : The Town Planning Review
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 2
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 63
  • Pages : 143-162
  • Abstract in English : This article propose an approach to planning which aims realise the democratic potential of planning in the contemporary conditions of societies with developed economies and diverse social structures. Any claim for the relevance of planning in such societies has to confront challenges to the planning idea from both the resurgence of economic within public policy, and, more fundamentally, the philosophical post-modernist critique of scientific rationalism. I is argued in that article that the Habermasian conception of inter-subjective reasoning among divers discourse communities drawing on technical, moral and expressive ways of experiencing and understanding, can provide a direction for the invention of forms and practices of a planning behaviours appropriate for societies which seek progressive ways of collectively making sense together while living differently’’ The article draws on the work of a number of contemporary writers in the field of planning theory to present an outline of such an approach, and implications for the contemporary of environmental planning.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: interactive planning, communication, participation. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.