Revista de Estudios Sociales
Print version ISSN 0123-885X
RAMIREZ RIOS, John Fredy. Urban Planning in Colombia between the 1960s and 80s: Discourses, Consultants, and Academic Communities. rev.estud.soc. [online]. 2011, n.40, pp. 115-125. ISSN 0123-885X.
This theoretical paper is about the professionalization of urban planning in Colombia (which is still on-going) from the 1960s to the 1980s. It highlights three types of discourse used by urban planners regarding the role of urban planning in the country: the technical-methodological, the socio-technical, and the reactive discourse. It also points to the role played by certain academic communities in legitimizing or criticizing the comprehensive planning paradigm. This descriptive study is based on the testimonies of various urban planners and publications from the period in question. They are interpreted under the general distinction made between procedural and substantive theories of planning. The goal is to offer a provisional framework for the understanding of the place assigned to urban planning and its specialists, within the context of academic and governmental institutions, as part of a theory of local planning.
Keywords : Urban Planning; Comprehensive Planning; Planning Theory; Role; Discourse; Academic Communities.