ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Urban Planning and Violence

Cause or Catalyst for Change?

This paper argues that exclusion and violence are imprinted on the social and spatial fabric of cities and neighbourhoods, and that social and political divides are often manifest in the control and policing of public space. Urban violence has many drivers and manifestations. However, the challenge is how to retrofit cities once violence takes hold, and to examine whether urban planning has a role in recovery. Can urban planning breed a new transparency and confidence that breaks embedded exclusionary urban management practices, and create new spaces of engagement, or is urban planning a root cause of the problems?

This paper was presented at the “Conference on Urban Planning, Governance and Design for Reducing Urban Confl icts and Violence: Critical Learnings and Possibilities,” Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, 2–4 March 2016.

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