Great British Plans: Who made them and how they worked - Planning, History and Environment Series (Paperback)Ian Wray (author)
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Can the British plan? Sometimes it seems unlikely. Across the world we see grand designs and visionary projects: new airport terminals, nuclear power stations, high-speed railways, and glittering buildings. It all seems an unattainable goal on Britain's small and crowded island; and yet perhaps this is too pessimistic. For the British have always planned, and much of what they have today is the result of past plans, successfully implemented.
Ranging widely, from London's squares and the new city of Milton Keynes, to `High Speed One', the motorways, and the secret first electronic computers, Ian Wray's remarkable book puts successful infrastructure plans under the microscope. Who made these plans and what made them stick? How does this reflect the defining characteristics of British government? And what does that say about the individuals who drew them up and saw them through?
In so doing the book casts refreshing new light on how big decisions have actually been made, revealing the hidden sources of drive and initiative in British society, as seen through the lens of `plans past'. And it asks some searching questions about the mechanisms we might need for successful `plans future', in Britain and elsewhere.Includes foreword by the Right Honourable the Lord Heseltine CH.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 15 mm
`A hugely ambitious and equally entertaining treatise that offers considerable insight into the the practice of planning in Britian'
Town Planning Review
`A rich, lively and interesting foray into the history and culture of planning in Britain... an engaging, diverse overview... always asking what makes British planning unique'
`An excellent book demonstrating the status of planning in the UK... designed to make the reader reflect on their own interpretations. The case studies are interesting stories in their own right'
Journal of Urban Affairs
`Ian Wray's superb historical review of some major British achievements and the way they were planned provides an excellent context for considering how to improve the process...
Academy of Urbanism Journal
`The stories which Wray tells are fascinating'
Journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation
`Highly readable... I recommend that (Ministers) read Wray's excellent book to understand that good planning seems to mean giving local institutions and the innovative individuals that serve them the space to put their plans into effect'
Town and Country Planning
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