- About the Contributors
- Planning as Scholarship: Origins and Prospects
- Collective Action: Balancing Public and Particularistic Interests
- Urban Planning and Regulation: The Challenge of The Market
- The Evolution of The Institutional Approach in Planning
- Varieties of Planning Experience: Toward a Globalized Planning Culture?
- Cultural Diversity
- Making Plans
- Cities, People, and Processes as Planning Case Studies
- From Good Intentions to A Critical Pragmatism
- Visualizing Information
- Modeling Urban Systems
- Codes and Standards
- Evolving Perspectives on the Arts, Place, and Development
- Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health
- Suburban Sprawl and “Smart Growth”
- Planning for Improved Air Quality and Environmental Health
- The Local Regulation of Climate Change
- The Evolving Role of Community Economic Development in Planning
- Housing: Planning and Policy Challenges
- Cities with Slums
- The Public Finance of Urban Form
- City Abandonment
- The Changing Character of Urban Redevelopment
- Gender, Cities, and Planning
- Frontiers in Land Use and Travel Research
- The Civics of Urban Planning
- Urban Informality: The Production of Space and Practice of Planning
- Citizen Planners: From Self-Help to Political Transformation
- The Real Estate Development Industry
- The Politics of Planning
- Reading Through A Plan: A Visual Theory of Plan Interpretation
- Planning and Citizenship
- Plan Assessment: Making and Using Plans Well
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses on the visual theory of interpreting urban plans. It suggests that planners should “read through” plans, not simply to grasp their essential ideas or means of implementing those ideas, but also to perceive additional meanings. The article explains that plans are the major intellectual projects published within the planning profession and that they deserve nothing less than to be read through for all their meanings. The analysis reveals that each plan conforms strongly to the social, economic, and political forces of the time, as well as to contemporary urban design and planning conventions.
Brent D. Ryan is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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