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Title: The social and the spatial, urban models as morphologies for a ‘lived’ approach to planning
Authors: Bruyns, G 
Keywords: Lived morphology
Social futures
Urban models
Monocentric vs polycentric
Spatial planning
Issue Date: Apr-2018
Publisher: Jap Sam Books
Source: Cubic journal, Apr. 2018, v. 1, no. 1, p. 52-73 How to cite?
Journal: Cubic journal 
Abstract: How and in what manner has the social been instrumental in formulating planning policies, and, does Hong Kong ascribe to any social concept that facilitates its current spatial planning framework? The legacy of the social in planning originally came to fruition within the Chicago School of Social Sciences during the early 1920’s. Since then, the understanding of the social and how planning responds to the social has been wide and varied. This paper examines the social’s application in spatial notions in addition to its context within Hong Kong. At its core this argument outlines the consequences of a social notion within planning and the spatial modes of recourse. Issues of scaling are brought into question when addressing planning as well as economic focus, in both the local as well as regional governance levels, which further emphasises the dynamic proxies of social and spatial factors for territorial planning. Having neither of these, the argument then highlights the realities of economic asymmetries in the disempowerment of a local populous through land speculation and housing shortages.
ISSN: 2589-7098
EISSN: 2589-7101
DOI: 10.31182/cubic.2018.1.003
Rights: Cubic Journal is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal. All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Work may be copied, shared and distributed when authors are properly accredited; this includes outlines of any work. Amendments to the original work needs to be shown. The licensor does not in any way endorse third party views or how journal content is used by others.
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