An integrative theory of urban design: E. Sternberg
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Though urban design is the most traditional field of planning, it sorely lacks cohesive theoretical foundations. Much writing takes the form of guidebooks or manuals, which rely on rules of thumb, analytical techniques, and architectural ideas whose theoretical justifications are unclear. At best we have a number of contending approaches, such as Formalism and New Urbanism, which tend to operate in a theoretical vacuum, as if cut off from larger streams of planning thought, and to invite dogmatic adherence. This article examines the works of leading thinkers in urban design, in search of the theoretical foundations that underlie seemingly divergent approaches, to suggest that we could construct a more general theory, one that reflects principles that several of these approaches share.