Making Use of Deleuze in Planning: Proposals for a speculative and immanent assessment method, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Making Use of Deleuze in Planning

Proposals for a speculative and immanent assessment method, 1st Edition

By Gareth Abrahams


204 pages

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Making Use of Deleuze in Planning translates and re-creates some of Gilles Deleuze’s most abstract philosophical concepts to form a new, practicable planning assessment tool. It shows what his philosophy can do for planning theory as well as planning assessment practice and, in doing so, sets out a pragmatic approach to Deleuzian studies: one that helps form bridges between ontological problems and the problems found in professional practice. It also breaks new ground in assessment methodology by challenging the essentialist ideas underpinning assessment methods like BREEAM and setting out and testing a new form of non-essentialist assessment named SIAM. The book argues that Deleuze’s philosophy can be made useful to planning as long as one is prepared to adapt and re-create his key ontological concepts to respond to the specific demands of the field.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Assessments, Essentialism and Deleuze 1. A Problem with Assessments 2. Essentialist and Non-essentialist Assessments Part 2: How to Make Deleuze Useful 3. Attempts to Make Deleuze Useful Part 3: A Case Study of BRE Assessments 4. A Research Strategy 5. Methodology for Research Stage A 6. Theoretical Experiments: Research Stage A 7. Methodology for Stage B 8. Empirical Experiments: Research Stage B Part 4: Synthesis, Discussion and Conclusions 9. Synthesis and Discussion 10. Conclusions

About the Author

Gareth Abrahams crosses an invisible line between theory and practice. He is a Deleuzian theorist whose publications push the boundaries of Deleuzian scholarship and spatial theory. He is also a practising, chartered architect who has designed and delivered a range of complex buildings across the UK from specialist schools to large office developments and from bespoke new-build schemes to highly sensitive heritage refurbishments.

About the Series

New Directions in Planning Theory

New Directions in Planning Theory
Ashgate's series, New Directions in Planning Theory, develops and disseminates theories and conceptual understandings of spatial and physical planning which address such challenges as uncertainty, diversity and incommensurability. Planning theories range across a wide spectrum, from questions of explanation and understanding, to normative or predictive questions of how planners should act and what future places should look like. These theories include procedural theories of planning. While these have traditionally been dominated by ideas about rationality, in addition to this, the series opens up to other perspectives and also welcomes theoretical contributions on substantive aspects of planning. Other theories to be included in the series may be concerned with questions of epistemology or ontology; with issues of knowledge, power, politics, subjectivation; with social and/or environmental justice; with issues of morals and ethics. Planning theories have been, and continue to be, influenced by other intellectual fields, which often imbue planning theories with awareness of and sensitivity to the multiple dimensions of planning practices. The series editors particularly encourage inter- and trans-disciplinary ideas and conceptualisations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography