Four times a year, APA's Planning Advisory Service publishes a new PAS Report with guidance on current issues and innovative practices.
APA members and PAS subscribers can download each new report as it is posted, and can download nearly 100 reports published since 1994. PAS subscribers also receive a print copy of each new PAS report.
PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. To celebrate this history, each month we'll present a new report from the archives. We hope you enjoy these fascinating snapshots of planning issues of yesteryear.
AUTOMATION IN Urban PLannING
Information Report No. 138, September 1960
Autonomous vehicles are the game-changing topic on everybody's mind today, but automation is not a new concept: long before computers started driving our cars, they took over many of the processes performed by workers in factories and offices across the country. This month's historic PAS report explores the emerging concept of automation, its application in office and industrial processes, and its possible consequences for economic development and urban planning.
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We’re always looking for authors to write or update PAS Reports on a variety of planning topics. Visit the archive to see the list of all past reports. If you have an idea for a PAS Report, please contact Ann Dillemuth at PASReports@planning.org.