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date: 18 January 2020

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This article discusses the process of plan making in urban design. It explains that the historical roots of the planning profession included the collaborative efforts of architects, landscape architects, and civil engineers, and suggests that urban planners learn to make plans by studying plans and how they are made. The article considers current professional plan making as a kind of practical judgment to compose future settlements using the evidence of science to inform and tame imaginative designs about future alternatives.

Keywords: plan making, urban design, planning profession, collaborative efforts, urban planners, future settlements

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