1st Edition

Planning Regional Futures

Edited By John Harrison, Daniel Galland, Mark Tewdwr-Jones Copyright 2022
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    Planning Regional Futures is an intellectual call to engage planners to critically explore what planning is, and should be, in how cities and regions are planned.

    This is in a context where planning is seen to face powerful challenges – professionally, intellectually and practically – in ways arguably not seen before: planning is no longer solely the domain of professional planners but opened-up to a diverse group of actors; the link between the study of cities and regions, which traditionally had a disciplinary home in planning schools and the like, steadily eroded as research increasingly takes place in interdisciplinary research institutes; the advent of real-time modelling posing fundamental challenges for the type of long-term perspective that planning has traditionally afforded; ‘regional planning’ and its mixed record of achievement; and, the link between ‘region’ and ‘planning’ becoming decoupled as alternative regional (and other spatial) approaches to planning have emerged.

    This book takes up the intellectual and practical challenge of planning regional futures, moving beyond the narrow confines of existing debate and providing a forum for debating what planning is, and should be, for in how we plan cities and regions.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Regional Studies.

    Introduction: Whither regional planning?

    John Harrison, Daniel Galland and Mark Tewdwr-Jones

    1. Regional planning is dead: long live planning regional futures

    John Harrison, Daniel Galland and Mark Tewdwr-Jones

    2. The return of the city-region in the new urban agenda: is this relevant in the Global South?

    Vanessa Watson

    3. Planning, temporary urbanism and citizen-led alternative-substitute place-making in the Global South

    Lauren Andres, Hakeem Bakare, John R. Bryson, Winnie Khaemba, Lorena Melgaço and George R. Mwaniki

    4. Getting the territory right: infrastructure-led development and the re-emergence of spatial planning strategies

    Seth Schindler and J. Miguel Kanai

    5. City-regional imaginaries and politics of rescaling

    Simin Davoudi and Elizabeth Brooks

    6. Two logics of regionalism: the development of a regional imaginary in the Toronto–Waterloo Innovation Corridor

    David Wachsmuth and Patrick Kilfoil

    7. Planning megaregional futures: spatial imaginaries and megaregion formation in China

    John Harrison and Hao Gu

    8. Understanding heterogeneous spatial production externalities as a missing link between land-use planning and urban economic futures

    Haozhi Pan, Tianren Yang, Ying Jin, Sandy Dall’Erba and Geoffrey Hewings

    9. Spatial planning, nationalism and territorial politics in Europe

    Claire Colomb and John Tomaney

    10. Towards a sustainable, negotiated mode of strategic regional planning: a political economy perspective

    Ian Gordon and Tony Champion

    11. Regional planning as cultural criticism: reclaiming the radical wholes of interwar regional thinkers

    Garrett Dash Nelson

    12. Future-proof cities through governance experiments? Insights from the Resilient Melbourne Strategy (RMS)

    Sebastian Fastenrath and Lars Coenen

    13. The new normative: synergistic scenario planning for carbon-neutral cities and regions

    Joe Ravetz, Aleksi Neuvonen and Raine Mäntysalo


    John Harrison is Reader in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK.

    Daniel Galland is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Bartlett Professor of Cities and Regions at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, UK.