Planning for New Towns, The Gap between Theory and Practice

TitlePlanning for New Towns, The Gap between Theory and Practice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1974
AuthorsSusskind, L, Effrat, M
JournalSociological Inquiry
Date Published07/1974

Infeuential members of the urban planning profession have developed certain ideas about new town design, including notions such as self-containment, social balance, and the neighborhood unit. These parallel, to some extent, concepts that have emerged from the field of community sociology. Eforts to put these idem into practice have fallen far short of the murk. Without more sophisticated implementation mechanisms, better theories of social interaction at the neighborhood level, and new approaches to citizen participation, eforts to build new towns are likely to remain severely crippled. The aim of this paper is to summarize past efforts to translate implicit theories of social organization into actual new town ah signs. The possibilities of closing the gap between theory and practice through the use of more explicit forms of social experimentation are discussed in the context of the fledgling new towns program in the United States.

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