In recent years, there has been an increasing emphasis placed on local and regional integration in major planning projects and infrastructure development including roads, rail and waterways. This emphasis is not only on integrating various projects, but also integrating them with related issues such as housing, industry, environment and water. In other words, land-use planning and infrastructure management have become more spatially-oriented. This book brings together experts in the fields of spatial planning, land-use and infrastructure management to explore the emerging agenda of spatially-oriented integrated evaluation. It weaves together the latest theories, case studies, methods, policy and practice to examine and assess the values, impacts, benefits and the overall success in integrated land-use management. In doing so, the book clarifies the nature and roles of evaluation and puts forward guidance for future policy and practice.
Johan Woltjer is Professor of Urban Infrastructures, University of Westminster, UK. He was affiliated with the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, until 2014. He concentrates his research work on institutional innovations for urban regions and infrastructure development, and, among other things, the role of capacity, governance and resilience. Ernest Alexander is Professor of Urban Planning emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA, and now practices in Israel. His research focuses on decision making, organizations, institutions and institutional design, and design and evaluation in the planning process. Angela Hull holds the Chair in Spatial Planning at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. She carries out research on spatial planning and governance, and institutional triggers to sustainable urban management (transport, energy, housing, etc.). Matthias Ruth is Professor of Public Policy and of Environmental Engineering, and the director of the Resilient Cities Laboratory at Northeastern University in Boston, USA. His research focuses on dynamic modeling of natural resource use, industrial and infrastructure systems analysis, and environmental economics and policy.
’How to evaluate urban and regional planning options in a way that is both reliable and widely understandable is a continuing challenge. This book critically assesses applications of multiple planning evaluation methods, and demonstrates through cases how this can be done effectively.’ Don Miller, University of Washington, USA ’There is a deep-seated tension between the intrinsically place-based nature of infrastructure projects and the generic ways in which they are often evaluated. As a result, potential conflicts and synergies between the projects and the local context risk being overlooked. This most timely book is both illuminating of these tensions, and rich in suggestions of how to overcome them.’ Luca Bertolini, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands ’This book points to an increased emphasis on place and the spatial context in evaluation work for land-use and infrastructure projects. An interdisciplinary and international network of authors offer new lines of thinking, policy review, methodological innovations and case studies from practice in Europe and the USA on the emerging theme of place-based evaluation in urban planning, regional studies, policy sciences, and environmental management.’ Gerrit Knaap, University of Maryland, USA