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Encounters in Planning Thought

16 Autobiographical Essays from Key Thinkers in Spatial Planning, 1st Edition

Edited by Beatrix Haselsberger


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Encounters in Planning Thought builds on the intellectual legacy of spatial planning through essays by leading scholars from around the world, including John Friedmann, Peter Marcuse, Patsy Healey, Andreas Faludi, Judith Innes, Rachelle Alterman and many more. Each author provides a fascinating and inspiring unravelling of his or her own intellectual journey in the context of events, political and economic forces, and prevailing ideas and practices, as well as their own personal lives.

This is crucial reading for those interested in spatial planning, including those studying the theory and history of spatial planning. Encounters in Planning Thought sets out a comprehensive, intellectual, institutional and practical agenda for the discipline of spatial planning as it heads towards its next half-century. Together, the essays form a solid base on which to understand the most salient elements to be taken forward by current and future generations of spatial planners.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Contributors

Front Cover Image: A Short Description by Beatrix Haselsberger

Acknowledgements by Beatrix Haselsberger

PART 1 Introduction

1 Encounters in Planning Thought: An Introduction

Beatrix Haselsberger

2 Autobiography as Method of Inquiry

Laura Saija

PART 2 16 Autobiographical Essays from Key Thinkers in Spatial Planning

3 Planning as a Vocation: The Journey So Far

John Friedmann

4 From Utopian and Realistic to Transformative Planning

Peter Marcuse

5 Visions of Contemporary Planning: Stories and Journeys in Britain and America

Peter Hall

6 An Ancient Future

Luigi Mazza

7 Understanding and Improving Planning Processes and Planning Institutions: A Moving Target

Andreas Faludi

8 Finding My Way: A Life of Inquiry into Planning, Urban Development Processes and Place Governance

Patsy Healey

9 Educating Planners: The Dream of a Better Future

Gerhard Schimak

10 From Informing Policy to Collaborating Rationally

Judith E. Innes

11 A Renegade Economist Preaches Good Land-Use Planning

Barrie Needham

12 Strategic Planning as a Catalyst for Transformative Practices

Louis Albrechts

13 Places Matter: Creativity, Culture and Planning

Klaus R. Kunzmann

14 Challenging Institutions That Reproduce Planning Thought and Practice

Cliff Hague

15 A Science of Cities: Prologue to a Science of Planning

Michael Batty

16 Planners' Beacon, Compass and Scale: Linking Planning Theory, Implementation Analysis and Planning Law

Rachelle Alterman

17 On the Evolution of a Critical Pragmatism

John Forester

18 Pragmatism and Plan-Making

Charles Hoch

PART 3 Epilogue

19 Back to the Future: A Personal Portrayal in the Interface of Past Planning and Planning Futures

Beatrix Haselsberger

About the Editor

Beatrix Haselsberger is Senior Researcher at the Department of Spatial Planning at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. She is also Visiting Professor at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Architettura at the University of Cagliari, Italy. Her current research focuses on the nature of borders (physical and invisible) and their impacts on space and people, cross-border interaction and cooperation as well as planning cultures, its diversity and origin. With her research she seeks to bridge the gap between planning theory and practice. Beatrix is active in the Association of European Schools of Planning and the Regional Studies Association, where she has been a member of the executive committees, as well as on the editorial boards of a wide range of journals. Together with her partner, an ecologist, she will open a spatial research and planning consultancy in Austria, in the near future.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning