Design that enables diversity: The complications of a planning ideal

Emily Talen

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Abstract

This article reviews the literature on place diversity and the quest to use design to promote social and economic mix in human settlements. The article fits together a large literature on the subject of the interrelationship between diversity and place and explores how diversity could be enabled within the context of the city - planning profession. It argues that the linkage between city planning - defined in its traditional sense as a profession concerned with the design of cities - and place diversity is understudied. Four distinct though interrelated theoretical bases for diversity are discussed: place vitality, economic health, social equity, and sustainability. The article argues that the promotion of place diversity requires focused effort on the part of planners, and that design-based strategies are an appropriate part of that effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-249
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Planning Literature
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Mixed-income housing
  • Social diversity

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  • Development

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Design that enables diversity : The complications of a planning ideal. / Talen, Emily.

In: Journal of Planning Literature, Vol. 20, No. 3, 02.2006, p. 233-249.

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