"Placey McPlaceface" - should communities design our cities?

I’ve often found “public consultation” to be somewhat of a dirty phrase in the development industry. Planners, engineers and urban designers alike have been known to shake in their boots at the thought of involving the community in decisions about new development, infrastructure and renewal projects. Yet, of course the whole aim of these industries is to create better places for people to live and work – so those people need to be at the heart of the solution. But the problem is often in the process – how to we engage with such a large and diverse group of stakeholders and have we in fact created a monster by assuming the voice of the community is always right?

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