In the industrialized countries of the West, by the 1960s, assumptions that had been largely taken for granted in planning thought and practice were being scrutinized critically from a range of directions. Richard Sennett’s assault on the practice of urban planning in the United States, in The Uses of Disorder, is a celebrated example. And, of course, Sennett’s book, when it was published in 1970, was but the latest in a series of blistering attacks on urban planning in America that were beginning to have (and indeed continue to have) a profound infl uence on planning debates in the United States and beyond — Herbert Gans’s The Urban Villagers and Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities among them. Hugh Stretton’s Ideas for Australian Cities presented his vision of urban planning as a means to improve life for inhabitants of cities and was a major Australian contribution to the discussions.
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