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Town Planning

(495 words)

Author(s): Dangschat, Jens S.
[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…

Town and City

(4,189 words)

Author(s): Dangschat, Jens S. | Köpf, Ulrich | Grünberg, Wolfgang
[German Version] I. Sociology The popular idea of a town or city is primarily a densely populated and heterogeneous collection of buildings having various uses, provided with specific rights, and always having a market place. The “European city” is however principally understood as being also the arena of city society. Sociology has studied the development of urban societies for about 150 years, because towns are places of close-knit economic growth, social diversity, and innovations and conflicts. To modern sociology the town was simply the laboratory of society. Today in Europe …