For nearly fifty years John Friedmann's writings have not just led the academic study of the discipline, but have given shape and direction to the planning profession itself.
Covering transactive planning, radical planning, the concept of the Good City, civil society, rethinking poverty and the diversity of planning cultures, this collection of Friedmann's most important and influential essays tells a coherent and compelling story about how the evolution of thinking about planning over several decades has helped to shape its practice.
With each essay given a new introduction to establish its context and importance, this is an ideal text for the study of planning theory and history.
Foreword. Introduction 1. The Transactive Style of Planning (1973) 2. The Epistemology of Social Practice: A Critique of Objective Knowledge (1978) 3. Preface to The Good Society (1979) 4. The Mediations of Radical Planning (1987) 5. Rethinking Poverty: The Dis/Empowerment Model (1992) 6. The Rise of Civil Society (1998) 7. Planning Theory Revisited (1998) 8. The Good City: In Defense of Utopian Thinking (2000) 9. The Many Cultures of Planning (2005) 10. The Uses of Planning Theory: A Bibliographic Essay (2008) Epilogue: Citizen Planners in an Era of Limits
Published in conjunction with the Royal Town Planning Institute [http://www.rtpi.org.uk/], this series of leading edge texts is intended for academics, educators, students and practitioners in planning and related fields. Written by globally renowned authors the series looks at all aspects of spatial planning theory and practice from a comparative and international perspective.