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Town Planning
(495 words)

[German Version]

Urban planning is the purposeful, foresighted management of the use of urban space through the direct action of public agencies or the facilitation of third parties. Planners believe their work is systematic, rational, and reasonable; their action is foresighted, because it takes social evolution into account and is designed to create appropriate structures for future situations. The goal of planning is to improve the possibilities of organizing space for the majority of people.

The specific goals to be pursued depend on the particular society. In purs…

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Dangschat, Jens S., “Town Planning”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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