A Decision-Centred View of Environmental Planning by A. Faludi

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The second tradition sees the planner as scheduling public works and recommending the means to encourage private development "in the same way that the budgeting agencies or the central personnel office is concerned with civil service administration influencing all or most of the departments within the local government" (Perloff, 1957, p . 7; the influence of the moderate version of institutionalist. economics is evident). The "Chicago School" embraced the second view of planning as a "staff function".

For a discussion see: H o w a r d , 1951, 1964; Nash and Durden, 1964; Bacon, 1964). Another sponsor was Walter Blucher, Executive Director of the American Society of Planning Officials (ASPO; now merged with the American Institute of Planners to form the American Planning Association). He perceived a need for high-level planners. With Wirth he promoted links between the Social Science Division and the architectural and engineering capacity of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Perloff (Burns and Friedmann, 1985) relates, though, that this was made impossible-"in fact, ludicrous"-by Hilbersheimer's exclusive interest in developing the model of the high-rise linear city for which he has become famous (see Hilbersheimer, 1944).

1985) "Pragmatism, abduction, and wicked problems", Berkeley Planning Journal, I, 93-119. Buckley, W. F. (1967) Sociology and Modern Systems Theory, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Burns, L. S. and Friedmann, J. (eds) (1985) The Art of Planning: Selected Essays of Harvey S. Perloff, Plenum Press, New York. Deutsch, K. W. (1966) The Nerves of Government: Models of Political Communication and Control, MacMillan, New York. Dewey, J. , New York. Etzioni, A. (1968) The Active Society, Collier-Macmillan, London.

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