Presumptive Planning

From Urban Design to Community Creation in One Move?
  • Jean Hillier
Part of the The Plenum Series in Social/Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


In this chapter, I explore the issue of whether planners can “create community,” as one of the current catchphrases in Western Australia (WA) suggests. In doing so, I subject to reasoned critique several of the main themes evident in Western Australian: community-development processes; their physical, neighborhood-based location, a presumption that social relations follow urban form, their inclusivity or aspect of ‘togetherness,’ and the diversity of their inhabitants. As Talen (2000, p. 172) pointedly writes: “the problem, for planners, is that the notion of community is easily misinterpreted and misapplied, and planners have not exhibited any particular sign that their use of the term is well thought out.”


Social Capital Community Psychology Western Australia Urban Form Urban Design 
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  • Jean Hillier
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  1. 1.Curtin UniversityAustralia

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