The French government sponsored, in 1967, a large number of studies on Urban Sociology to be conducted by various research groups. A critical review of the outcome of this psycho-sociological research is presented, and suggestions for the way future research should be conducted are made in a rather pessimistic way. Urban science is still an infant, and practical results seem far out of slight. Much attention is given the ZUP's, or zones to urbanize in priority. Reluctance of people to move into SUP's is analyzed in terms of aggregated utility function of inhabitants. Low rent buildings lead to formation of homogeneous low-class groups who feel rejected, and in turn reject society as a whole. Distinction is made between demand, need and desire. A basis for evaluation of "architectural space" is considered, and the role and necessity of a downtown area, with examples of Los Angeles, Paris, and smaller cities is shown. Also considered are: the influence of urban groups on urban politics; How and why people move: structure of the housing market; and formation of urban groups and interaction.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Delegation Generale a la Recherche

    31 quai Voltairc
    Paris 7,   France 
  • Publication Date: 1971-6


  • French

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  • Accession Number: 00072041
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1975 12:00AM