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Planning for the Possible: Visionary Planning in Québec and New England

March 28, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visionary thinking was, in many ways, the foundation of the modern city planning profession. Early planners like Burnham, Olmsted, Tugwell, MacKaye, and others used an emerging suite of analytical tools, reasoning, and design to paint exquisite pictures of what the future could hold: plans that the American Planning Association today celebrates as “landmark”. As the profession has evolved and grown, however, planning has become increasingly ensconced within the routine administrative functions of local government. Somewhere in the middle of the 20th century a concern for predictability, risk avoidance, and conservatism impacted the very heart and soul of planning; we went from planning for the possible to planning for the probable. This conference seeks to redirect the momentum of contemporary city planning back toward a creative exploration of what places could be instead of what they are likely to become. The Planning for the Possible Conference will be hosted by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University with funding provided by the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada.  Free tickets are available, and are on a RSVP basis.


March 28, 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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ASEAN Auditorium in the Cabot Intercultural Center
Tufts University

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