The complex diffusion processes affecting the flow of planning ideas and practices across the globe are illustrated in this book. It raises questions about why and how some ideas and practices attract international attention, and about the invention processes which go on when external influences are woven together with local efforts to meet local specifics and requirements.
Initiated to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the journal Planning Theory and Practice in 2009, this book reflects the themes of the journal.
Taking different intellectual perspectives, this collection takes a critical look at the international diffusion of planning ideas and practices, their impacts on planning practices in different contexts, on the challenge of ‘situating’ planning practices, and on the ethical and methodological issues of international exchange in the planning field.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction: The Transnational Flow of Knowledge and Expertise in the Planning Field Patsy Healey 2. Poverty Truths –The Politics of Knowledge in the New Global Order of Development Ananya Roy 3. Transnational Planners in a Post-colonial World Stephen Ward 4. Exploring the Travel of the American Neighbourhood Unit to India Sanjeev Vidyarthi 5. Cities in Transition: Spatial Planning in Modern China Bing Wang 6. Urban Sustainability and Compact Cities Ideas in Japan: The Diffusion, Transformation and Deployment of Planning Concepts Andre Sorensen 7. When Planning Ideas Land: Mahaweli’s People-centered Approach Nihal Perera 8. Sustainable Urban Transport Policy Transfer in Central and Eastern Europe Dominic Stead, Martin de Jong and Iveta Reinholde 9. Subaltern Speak in a Postcolonial Setting: Diffusing and Contesting Donor-engendered Knowledge in the Water Sector in Zambia Barbara Mwalia Kazimbaya-Senkwe and Peter Lubambo 10. Women’s Safety Audits and Walking School Buses: The Diffusion/De-fusion of Two Radical Planning Ideas Carolyn Whitzman and Jana Perkovic 11. Institutional Biases in the International Diffusion of Planning Concepts Sukumar Ganapati and Niraj Verma 12. Developmental Planning for Sustainable Urbanisation in Asia Jieming Zhu 13. A Trans-Pacific Planning Education in Reverse: Reflections of an American with a Chinese Doctorate in Urban Planning and Design Dan Abramson 14. Crossing borders: Do Planning Ideas Travel? John Friedmann 15. Similarity or Differences? What to Emphasize Now for Effective Planning Practice Bish Sanyal
Patsy Healey is Professor Emeritus at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Newcastle, UK.
Robert Upton was formerly Secretary General of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is now Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission in England.