1st Edition

Insurgencies and Revolutions Reflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and Practice

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    Over the past six or more decades, John Friedmann has been an insurgent force in the field of urban and regional planning, transforming it from its traditional state-centered concern for establishing social and spatial order into a radical domain of collaborative action between state and civil society for creating ‘the good society’ in the present and future. By opening it up to theoretical engagement with a wide range of disciplines, Friedmann’s contributions have revolutionised planning as a transdisciplinary space of critical thinking, social learning, and reflective practice.

    Insurgencies and Revolutions brings together former students, close research associates, and colleagues of John Friedmann to reflect on his contributions to planning theory and practice. The volume is organized around five broad themes where Friedmann’s contributions have risen to challenge established paradigms and generated the space for revolutionary thinking and action in urban and regional planning – Theorising hope; Economic development and regionalism; World cities and the Good city; Social learning, empowered communities, and citizenship; and Chinese cities. The essays by the authors reflect their engagement with his ideas and the new directions in which they have taken these in their work in planning theory and practice.



    Leonie Sandercock

    Introduction to the Volume

    Haripriya Rangan

    Theme 1: Practising Hope

    Theme introduction

    Libby Porter

    1. "Resistance is never wasted": Reflections on Friedmann and hope
    2. Libby Porter

    3. Territoriality: Which way now?
    4. Bishwapriya Sanyal

    5. The difficulties of employing utopian thinking in planning practice: Lessons from the Just Jerusalem Project
    6. Diane E. Davis

    7. Realizing sustainable development goals: The prescience of John Friedmann
    8. Shiv Someshwar

    9. How to prepare planners in the Bologna European education context: Adapting Friedmann’s planning theories to practical pedagogy
    10. Adolfo Cazorla, Ignacio de los Ríos, José M. Díaz-Puente

      Theme 2: Economic Development and Regionalism

      Theme introduction

      Haripriya Rangan

    11. City-regions, urban fields, and urban frontiers: Friedmann’s legacy
    12. Robin Bloch

    13. Periphery, borders and regional development
    14. Chung-Tong Wu

    15. The bioregionalization of survival: Sustainability science and rooted community
    16. Keith Pezzoli

    17. Are social enterprises a radical planning challenge to neoliberal economic development?
    18. Haripriya Rangan

    19. Business in the public domain: The rise of social enterprises and implications for economic development planning
    20. Yuko Aoyama

      Theme 3: World Cities and the Good City: Contradictions and Possibilities

      Theme introduction

      Haripriya Rangan

    21. The urban, the periurban and the urban superorganism
    22. Michael Leaf

    23. The prospect of suburbs: Rethinking the urban field on a planet of cities
    24. Roger Keil

    25. Room for the Good Society? Public space, amenities and the condominium
    26. Ute Lehrer

    27. The escalating privatization of urban space meets John Friedmann’s post-urban landscape
    28. Saskia Sassen

    29. Urban entrepreneurship through transactive planning: The making of Waterfront Toronto
    30. Matti Siemiatycki

    31. From good city to progressive city: Reclaiming the urban future in Asia
    32. Mike Douglass

    33. Transactive planning and the "found space" of Mumbai Port Lands
    34. Hemalata C. Dandekar

      Theme 4: Social Learning, Communities, and Empowered Citizenship

      Theme introduction

      Jacquelyn Chase

    35. Development in Indian country: Empowerment, life Space, and transformative Planning
    36. Michael Hibbard

    37. Operationalizing social learning through empowerment evaluation
    38. Claudia B. Isaac

    39. The 'radical' practice of teaching, learning, and doing in the informal settlement of Langrug, South Africa
    40. Tanja Winkler

    41. Fire, ownership, citizenship and community
    42. Jacquelyn Chase

    43. Meeting the Other: A personal account of my struggle with John Friedmann to enact the radical practice of dialogic inquiry and love in the new millennium
    44. Aftab Erfan

      Theme 5: Chinese Urbanism

      Theme introduction

      Mee Kam Ng

    45. Ignoring the ramparts: John Friedmann’s dialogue with Chinese urbanism and Chinese studies
    46. Timothy Cheek

    47. Challenges of strategic planning in another planning culture: Learning from working in a Chinese city
    48. Klaus R. Kunzmann

    49. Social learning in creative Shanghai
    50. Sheng Zhong

    51. From Xinhai Revolution (1911) to the Umbrella Movement (2014): Insurgent citizenship, radical planning and Chinese culture in the Hong Kong SAR

    Mee Kam Ng


    John Friedmann


    Haripriya Rangan works for the Australia India Institute, and is affiliated with the School of Geography, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Trained as an architect and planner, she studied with John Friedmann at UCLA, and has pursued a research and teaching career in geography in India, USA, Australia and South Africa.

    Mee Kam Ng is Vice-Chairman of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Director of the Urban Studies Programme and Associate Director of the Institute of Future Cities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a member of RTPI, a fellow of HKIP and academic advisor of HKIUD.

    Jacquelyn Chase is a professor in the Geography and Planning Department at California State University, Chico. She has published articles on urbanization of agricultural regions, rural labor markets, gender, and fertility in Brazil and on county planning in California. She is the editor of the volume Spaces of Neoliberalism (Kumarian).

    Libby Porter is a scholar in planning and urban geography. Her work focuses on the role that planning and urban development play in dispossession and displacement. She is author of Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning (Ashgate 2010) and with Janice Barry of Planning for Coexistence? (Routledge 2016).