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1st Edition

Planning Knowledge and Research

Edited By

Thomas W. Sanchez

ISBN 9781138233768
Published December 20, 2017 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

The field of urban planning is far-reaching in breadth and depth. This is due to the complex nature of cities, regions, and development processes. The knowledge domain of planning includes social, economic, technological, environmental, and political systems that continue to evolve and expand rapidly. Understanding these systems is an inter-disciplinary endeavor at the scale of several academic fields. The wide range of topics considered by planning educators and practitioners are often based on varying definitions of "planning" and modes of planning practice. This unique book discusses various elements and contributions to urban planning research to show that seemingly disparate topics do in fact intersect and together, contribute to ways of understanding urban planning. The objective is not to discuss how to "do" research, but rather, to explore the context of urban planning scholarship with implications for the planning academy and planning practice.

This edited volume includes chapters contributed by a diverse range of planning scholars who consider the corpus of planning scholarship both historically and critically in their area of expertise. It is essential reading for students of planning research and planning theory from around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Planning Knowledge and Research

Thomas Sanchez

Part I

How Theory Links Research and Practice: 70 Years' Planning Theory: A Critical Review

Ernest Alexander

Mapping the Knowledge Domain of Urban Planning

Thomas W. Sanchez and Nader Afzalan

Planning Research in the Service of Planning Practice: Process and Implementation

Carolyn G. Loh

Striving for Impact Beyond the Academy? Planning Research in Australia

Paul Burton

Part II

Planning Culture: Research Heuristics and Explanatory Value

Karsten Zimmermann, Robin Chang, and Andreas Putlitz

The Relationship of Green Places and Urban Society: Understanding the Evolution and Integration of City Planning with the Ecological Sciences

Charles Hostovsky

Evolution in Land Use and Transportation Research

Dea van Lierop, Geneviève Boisjoly, Emily Grise, and Ahmed El-Geneidy

Monitoring Sustainability Culture: An Overview of a Multi-Year Program of Evaluation Research at the University of Michigan

Robert W. Marans and John Callewaert

Part III

Towards an Object-Oriented Case Methodology for Planners

Robert Beauregard and Laura Lieto

Urban Morphology as a Research Method

Brenda Case Scheer

The Unwarranted Boundaries between Urban Planning and Design in Theory, Practice and Research

Davide Ponzini

Part IV

Use of Planning Magazine to Bridge the Gap Between Researchers and Practitioners

Kathryn Terzano and Reid Ewing

Planning from the Inside Out: Using GIS Technology & Citizen Science Post-Disaster in New Orleans

Michelle M. Thompson

Planning Our Future Cities: The Role Computer Technologies Can Play

Robert Goodspeed, Peter Pelzer, and Chris Pettit

Science in Planning: Theory, Methods and Models

Michael Batty


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Thomas W. Sanchez earned his PhD in City Planning from Georgia Tech in 1996 and has since taught at Iowa State University, Portland State University, and the University of Utah. He is currently chair and professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech. Sanchez conducts research in the areas of transport equity, environmental justice, technology, and scholarly impact. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Housing Policy Debate, a leading journal on housing and community development policy. In 2012 he co-authored, Planning as if People Matter: Governing for Social Equity with Marc Brenman. In 2007 they co-authored The Right to Transportation: Moving to Equity. Also in 2007 he co-authored The Social Impacts of Urban Containment with Arthur C. Nelson and Casey Dawkins.