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Thoughts on urban planning, city design, architecture, the built environment, social issues, Seoul, Korea, and soon... London

3.4.04

Questions 

How do power relations (social, economic, political) shape and in turn become shaped by city design?

How can the social and political effects of not-yet-built space on potential inhabitants be estimated during design?

How can city designers accommodate the needs of the economically and socially marginalized in the context of globalisation and the growing influence of market forces?

How do people adapt to, change, resist or counter the programmes designed into the city?

How can potential inhabitants, not trained as urban planners or social scientists, become more empowered in the city design process?

Should architects/planners design for current socio-economic conditions or design for ideal conditions and if so whose? Their own?

How can the architect/planner process and apply critical studies of socio-economic conditions and processes (and their effects), such as globalisation and privatisation of public space, in their designs?

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