Ivan Illich on Planning



Source: Very Small Kitchen

“Surreptitiously, reliance on institutional process has replaced dependence on personal good will. The world has lost its humane dimension and reacquired the factual necessity and fatefulness which were characteristic of primitive times. But while the chaos of the barbarian was constantly ordered in the name of mysterious, anthropomorphic gods, today only man’s planning can be given as a reason for the world being as it is. Man has become the plaything of scientists, engineers, and planners.”

— Ivan Illich in Deschooling Society, 1971

This is part of the Polis collection of quotes related to cities.

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