Planning

Authored by: Clinton J. Andrews

Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439804421
eBook ISBN: 9780203757659
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EESE6-120048551

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Abstract

Planning is “the application of foresight to action,” something which could apply to any human endeavor. The profession of planning that has emerged over the last century focuses on the needs of places and the people who live in them. Planners often say that they strive to improve the population's quality of life and ensure graceful transitions as places change. Planning intersects with environmental science and engineering in many ways, because settlement patterns are such a powerful determinant of environmental performance.

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