1975 volume 7(4) pages 473 – 483

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Dreyfus J, 1975, "L'essential et le résidu: le cas de la planification urbaine" Environment and Planning A 7(4) 473 – 483

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L'essential et le résidu: le cas de la planification urbaine

J Dreyfus

Received 24 October 1974

Abstract. Models of land values, which are oblivious to the social character of a housing area, and renewal projects which ignore the daily life of the local inhabitants, tend to suggest that what is often considered as a residual factor may well be the essential. The essential is based on the order of difference, itself tributary to libido and to relationships with 'others' via the system of social symbols, with the result that the 'others' are rejected as being 'others' or different. Libido and relationship are tightly woven as two aspects of the psychic and social reality. The idea of order of difference has no place in the process of town planning. Formalisation tends to eliminate differences, and the planners, in their attempts to comprehend the incomprehensible, only succeed in enveloping 'man' in a straight-jacket which denies any possibility of actualising the libido. Perhaps this is indeed their raison d'être?

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