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Multiple expectations: Assessing the assumed roles of theory in relation to urban design

Foroughmand Araabi, Hooman

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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Designers take different approaches when dealing with urban problems. Some find solutions in existing theories, some rely on their creativity, and many take a middle way. The questions here are what they expect from theory and how they follow their expectations. This paper examines the ways in which theory is being applied within the field of urban design following on from recent discussions on this topic. The paper then identifies four models for employing theory within urban design: as servant of innovation, as scientific formulation, as a means to control wicked problems, and finally as the subject for critique. In a comparison, these four models are assessed in relation to their use within both design and research contexts. The final part of this paper examines how urban design professionals employ theory in their work within practice and academia. The paper concludes by examining the advantages and disadvantages of each model, and adds that being confined to one model of employing theory would exacerbate urban problems. Reflecting on the interviews, the paper advocates multiple models be used, specifically chosen according to the problem in hand.

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Foroughmand Araabi, H. (2017). Multiple expectations: Assessing the assumed roles of theory in relation to urban design. Journal of Urban Design, 22(5), 658-669. https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2017.1298402

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 20, 2017
Publication Date Sep 3, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 23, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 4, 2019
Journal Journal of Urban Design
Print ISSN 1357-4809
Electronic ISSN 1469-9664
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 5
Pages 658-669
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2017.1298402
Keywords multiple expectations, assessing, assumed roles, theory, urban design
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/896910
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2017.1298402
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Urban Design on 14th March 2017, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2017.1298402

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