Urban Crisis

by Felipe U. Derteano,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 21-28

Document Type: Journal Paper


It is at least as necessary to study the cultural, social structures, and forces of our times as the urban forms. The urban crisis goes deeper than the outer shell visible to all. An evolving society that has yet to take a definite structure can not take a settled form. A lack of harmony emphasizes both our urban forms and our society. A shifting structure and a shifting individual do not make for balance, and changing forms only reveal the malady. In our present concern for rebuilding or renewing our cities little thought is paid to the human individual; our mechanistic age is doing its best to surround him in artificial environments and adjust him to them. Will this succeed, or are we to witness a return to more natural and healthy surroundings? The suburbs are seen as playing a fundamental role in future developments, with core-cities functioning as centers of government, entertainment and cultural activities and only limited commercial activities.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Social factors | Human factors | Aging (material) | Suburbs | Government

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