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Alan Hudson by Simon Punter All Planned Out? - The Worldwide Impact of the British Town and Country Planning System
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All Planned Out?
The Worldwide Impact of the British Town and Country Planning System

18 and 19 May 2007

Alan Hudson

Alan (MA, MSc, MPhil, FRSA) is Director of the Leadership Programmes for China, within International Programmes, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. Before taking up that post in 2003 he was Director of Studies for Social and Political Science at the OUDCE.

He teaches sociology and contemporary history relating to the changing nature of work and consumption, national identity and the public perception of policy making.

He is the co-author of Basildon - The mood of the nation, (2001) a study of the attitudes of skilled workers published by Demos. He wrote The trouble with planners as a central argument in the formative publication for audacity -Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-Machine Age, (2001) published by Wiley-Academy.

Other publications include From Power Plays to Market Moves: The Standard in Higher Education, (2002) Intellectuals for our Times, (2003) and Educating People. (2004) In Urban Design International Alan has published Sustainability and Regeneration - a new Language in Planning, (March 2005) and Twenty years of schooling and you end up on the day shift, (June 2006) for Work, employment and society.

Alan lectures widely in China, and is contributing to a CITY special issue on urbanisation in that country.



16.00 to 17.30 on Saturday 19 May 2007

The Twenty-first Century City - The making of citizens


Do cities make citizens; or do citizens make cities?

There is no doubt that the exhilarating technical innovation, speed of development and unashamed ambition of Chinese urban centres should be welcomed as a direct challenge to the painful negativity of western planning. But a Maglev train and a Five Year Plan represent only a partial, and one sided, re-engagement with China's century long struggle to embrace and reconstitute the modern.

For Shanghai, or any other Chinese city, to take a place alongside quattrocento Florence and the melting pot of Chicago, it needs more than just iconic buildings and a few hundred kilometres of metro. These are necessary but not sufficient.

What's needed is a twenty-first century appreciation of the humanist dictum "homo faber".

The Twenty-first Century City - The making of citizens

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