Developing Alternative Futures

by John M. Courtney, Part.; Architecture Planning Research/Assocs., Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 1, Pg. 49-68

Document Type: Journal Paper


The urbanization process has been shaped by the influences of networks of financial institutions, producing a high consumption and high energy-consuming individualized suburbanized pattern. The prime value of the study of the future and its alternatives, whatever form they may take, is that it stimulates more intensive examination of the present and its possibilities. Different types of alternative structuring for future cities are considered: the Cluster City, Spread City, PRT City, and Compact City.

Subject Headings: Financial management | Energy consumption | Suburbs | Public transportation

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