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Home and Building, Volume 18 Number 1 (June 1955)

Complex Science

page 25

Complex Science

We are a country which is not 'planning conscious.' We have failed to plan boldly and to learn from the mistakes which the older countries of the world hove been endeavouring to rectify for the lost century.

The science of town planning is complex, and besides the designer, or master mind, co-operation is necessary from the economist, the geographer, and the sociologist. The first problem is to decide where the populated areas should go and how big a part of the country they should be allowed to occupy in relation to the open spaces.

The planner will lay down the types of roads for fast-moving, long-distance traffic between the centres, the size and location of the terminals within the centres and the widths of the roads linking the different sub-centres, down to the smaller access roads to the homes of the people. The location of aerodromes, railway terminals, etc., will be fixed and they will be linked with the network of the town roads.