Blindspots in City Making

There are a series of blindspots in the comprehensive art of city-making. Their effect causes people to lose insight and understanding of what makes cities work. In the longer run, this will cause economic and social damage, and negative spin-offs.

We have already extensively covered the lack of sensory appreciation. The five other most important domains of missing knowledge are:

• environmental psychology;

• cultural literacy;

• artistic thinking; and

They all require a deep understanding of people and social dynamics. Critics will complain, 'Oh not another thing to consider. We've only just absorbed sustainable communities, diversity and gender issues.' Yet these concepts are merely enlightened common sense. There are two basic approaches: first, embedding this knowledge as a consideration within existing disciplines through adapting training programmes or the help of experts and, second, specifically bringing in experts as part of a team.

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