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New Directions in Planning Theory: New Directions in Planning Theory

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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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A Reflexive Reading of Urban Space

A Reflexive Reading of Urban Space

1st Edition

By Mona A. Abdelwahab
February 26, 2018

Providing a critique of the concepts attached to the representation of urban space, this ground-breaking book formulates a new theory of space, which understands the dynamic interrelations between physical and social spaces while tracing the wider urban context. It offers a new tool to approach the...

A Planner's Encounter with Complexity

A Planner's Encounter with Complexity

1st Edition

By Elisabete A. Silva, Gert de Roo
October 26, 2016

Spatial planning is about dealing with our 'everyday' environment. In A Planner's Encounter with Complexity we present various understandings of complexity and how the environment is considered accordingly. One of these considerations is the environment as subject to processes of continuous change...

Decentralization in Environmental Governance A post-contingency approach

Decentralization in Environmental Governance: A post-contingency approach

1st Edition

By Christian Zuidema
October 14, 2016

Decentralization in Environmental Governance is a critical reflection on the dangers and risks of governance renewal; warning against one-sided criticism on traditional command and control approaches to planning. The book formulates the arguments that support when and how governance renewable might...

Making Use of Deleuze in Planning Proposals for a speculative and immanent assessment method

Making Use of Deleuze in Planning: Proposals for a speculative and immanent assessment method

1st Edition

By Gareth Abrahams
October 14, 2016

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...

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