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Who Plans the Planning?

Architecture, Politics, and Mankind

Edited by: Jesko Fezer and Martin Schmitz

Critical theory of planning

From the 1950s, Lucius Burckhardt (1925–2003) focused on planning, design, and construction in a democracy. His astute observations and critical analysis have had a fundamental effect on the design of our environment, on teaching in the architectural/planning professions, and on our understanding of what "city" means.

His research, which – between mighty commercial interests and conflicting political aspirations focuses on the benefit for the entire population – is indispensable when and wherever buildings are planned, designed, built, and inhabited. With a new selection of texts, this book ploughs a furrow through Lucius Burckhardt’s theory of planning.

  • Critical theory of planning as orientation
  • A collection of important source texts, for the first time available in English
  • Design as a service for citizens

Author Information

Lucius Burckhardt (1925–2003), founder of the science of strollology, taught architectural theory in Kassel
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Audience: Urban Planners, Architects, Landscape and Environmental Designers, Students, Communities, Developer