Posted by: brian | February 8, 2009

Open-source urban planning

From Wired: LimeWire Creator Brings Open-Source Approach to Urban Planning. I appreciate that others are getting involved, and I understand that the term “open-source” is generally applied to software and that Mark Gorton is interested in using open-source software to improve the practice of urban planning. But if you think about it a little bit, other people have been doing applying the open-source approach, in a broader sense, to urban planning for a long time. Anyone who has worked to improve public involvement in the process already understands the ideology behind OSUP and has already used it, thought it generally goes by the name “community involvment” or some such. That said, let’s not pick nits over terminology. This is a great step forward in ensuring that communities are a part of the planning process. It’ll push the urban planning profession more fully into the 21st century, and that’s a good thing.


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