1984 volume 11(1) pages 5 – 13
doi:10.1068/b110005

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Mandelbaum S J, 1984, "Temporal conventions in planning discourse" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 11(1) 5 – 13

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Temporal conventions in planning discourse

S J Mandelbaum

Abstract. In this paper, I describe the rhetorical conventions which allow participants in a planning or policy discussion to distinguish publicly between memories and anticipations and to agree as to what time it is now. The principal contribution of the paper is the conception of an 'artificial present' which allows both historical knowledge and forecasts to be brought to bear upon current decisions.

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