In recent years, a formidable gulf has opened up between planning theory and practice. Over the past four decades, planning academics have developed strong theories and created models to accompany and elucidate the planning process. However, many planning practitioners have resisted the notion that theory can play a positive role in the solution of concrete planning problems This volume provides a comprehensive overview of all the main planning theories and models, while also introducing an innovative new model and a set of tools. Modeled on the theories of Mario Bunge this dynamic new approach allows planners to achieve a better understanding of the complexities involved in the role of planners and their impact on the built environment.
Professor Walter Schoenwandt is Director, Institute for the Foundations of Planning, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Stuttgart, Germany
'Building on a thorough analysis of past theoretical developments, Schoenwandt proposes a new challenging direction in the current debate about planning theory.' Gert de Roo, University of Groningen, The Netherlands 'Planning in Crisis is a welcome addition to the planning literature, providing the reader with a new and creative approach to the interface of philosophy and planning theory. While previous theorists have applied the works of such philosophers as Rawls, Habermas and Rorty to enlighten issues in planning, Professor Schoenwandt applies the works of Mario Bunge, a well-known philosopher of science and social science. This opens up a unique and original path that should be of great interest and relevance to planning students, professors and practitioners alike.' Stan Stein, University of Calgary, Canada