Design and Planning

  • Christopher J. L. Yewlett


Generally, this conference is an occasion both for taking stock and for looking forward. Specifically, this introduction will be a very personal overview, but one from a perhaps uniquely privileged position for discussing OR in the context of Planning and Design. The aspirations abroad in parts of the OR Community in the early 1960s, which led to the previous (1964) Operational Research and the Social Sciences Conference, (Lawrence, 1966), also led to the establishment of the Institute for Operational Research (IOR), with a remit to extend the scope of OR in terms of both applications and methods (Friend, Norris, and Stringer, 1988). This mission led to work in a number of ‘multi-organizational’ settings (Stringer, 1967), including a programme on urban and regional planning proceses, where the author, following initial studies, cut his OR teeth. (See Friend and Jessop, 1969; Friend and Yewlett, 1974; Friend, Power, and Yewlett, 1974; and Friend and Hickling, 1987, for details.) Following a period in Local Government on first returning to Wales, the author took up his present position, in Wales’ only Town Planning School, with particular teaching responsibilities in planning methods, planning practice, and management. This background thus offers a possibly unique personal perspective on many issues.


Operational Research Multiple Criterion Decision Political Implication Privileged Position Town Planning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher J. L. Yewlett
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Town PlanningUniversity of Wales, College of CardiffCardiffUK

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