Index of papers Phil Gyford: web | email
Spring 2000
World Futures

Urbanism Framework Document


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Information sources
Current Conditions
Expected future
Potential wildcards
Issues, dilemmas, choices
Key uncertainties
Alternative futures
Leading indicators


Everyone Possibly the only people who have no direct interest in the levels of urbanism are those completely cut off from the rest of their society, who never even visit larger settlements. These people as a percentage of the total are of course decreasing.

Planners The urban and regional planners who determine the layout and rules for new development. They must balance the demands of all parties concerned in new projects in an effort to create what they feel is the best environment for that will live and work there. Planners will often be part of the governmental structure, but not always.

Government National and regional authorities have an interest in the levels of urbanisation and the conditions their citizens live in. They also have the power to introduce many factors affecting development such as tax breaks, zoning controls, green belts, etc., and are often involved in initiating new construction themselves, eg, council housing, public buildings, roads, etc.

Developers and the construction industry The companies wanting to construct new buildings and projects, generally with the intention of making a profit.

Transportation manufacturers and owners The car makers and the companies operating public transport systems have a great interest in the levels and organisation of urban developments. Their interests are often in conflict.

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