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Techniques and Concepts for Shaping the Future

Assessment of Current Planning Thought Through a Content Analysis of Town Planning Textbooks
Lisa Melcher
p. 7-14


Which bodies of knowledge and which paradigms of thinking shape spatial plans? A content analysis of three textbooks on town planning shows that on the one hand, planning standards, models, and paradigms for technical modernisation are well developed, while on the other hand, environmental planning and preservation of culture have been identified as current challenges. Introductions to town planning have been found to shift between routinely presenting established approaches and exploring solutions or technical approaches to challenges to town development.

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Bibliographical reference

Lisa Melcher, « Techniques and Concepts for Shaping the Future », China Perspectives, 2017/1 | 2017, 7-14.

Electronic reference

Lisa Melcher, « Techniques and Concepts for Shaping the Future », China Perspectives [Online], 2017/1 | 2017, Online since 01 March 2018, connection on 18 February 2020. URL : ; DOI :

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About the author

Lisa Melcher

Lisa Melcher is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies of Freie Universität Berlin.Freie Universität Berlin, Hittorfstr. 18, 14195 Berlin, Germany (

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