The post-war reconstruction planning of London

Peter J. Larkham, David Adams

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    The replanning of London following the Second World War is, in many ways, a familiar story. However it has often been told in fragments, usually prioritising the best-known plans and the involvement of Professor Patrick Abercrombie. This paper positions the replanning more widely, considering a hierarchy from region to specific locales, and the problems of fragmented planning within such a structure. It explores issues of agents, agency and authority. The sanitized and orderly vision of a new London is set against a more complex and disordered reality of reconstruction-plan production. The urgency, scale and complexity of the task, and questions of why should ‘author’ plans, are significant issues. The realities of postwar London have been shaped by a messy and misunderstood process.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPlanning Perspectives
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 21 Apr 2023


    • London
    • post-Second World War
    • replanning
    • reconstruction
    • authority
    • Patrick Abercrombie


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