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Regulation and Planning Practices, Institutions, Agency

    234 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    In Regulation and Planning, planning scholars from the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Australia, and the United States explore how planning regulations are negotiated amid layers of normative considerations. It treats regulation not simply as a set of legal guidelines to be compared against proposed actions, but as a social practice in which issues of governmental legitimacy, cultural understandings, materiality, and power are contested.

    Each chapter addresses an actual instance of planning regulation including, among others, a dispute about a proposed Apple store in a public park in Stockholm, the procedures by which building codes are managed by planners in Napoli, the role that design plays in regulating the use of public space in a new Paris neighbourhood, and the influence of plans on the regulation of development in Malmö and Cambridge. Collectively, the volume probes the institutions and practices that give meaning and consequence to planning regulations.

    For planning students learning about what it means to plan, planning researchers striving to understand the influence of planners on urban development, and planning practitioners interested in reflecting on practices that occupy a great deal of their time, this is an indispensable book.

    Table of Contents

    List of Figures



    The Editors


    Chapter 1 The Documents of Re-Zoning: Planning Aspirations In New York City

    Robert A. Beauregard


    Chapter 2 Planning Deregulation, Material Impacts and Everyday Practices: The Case of Permitted Development in England

    Ben Clifford

    Chapter 3 Malleable Categorisation and the Regulatory Process: The Case of the Apple Flagship Store in Stockholm

    Hoai Anh Tran

    Chapter 4 Democratic Debate or Empty Ritual? The Planning Hearing for Edinburgh’s New Concert Hall

    Neil Thomas Smith

    Chapter 5 Encounters with Materiality: Planning Regulation and Non-Participation in Australia

    Brad Jessup


    Chapter 6 Planners as Brokers and Translators: On Regulation and Discretionary Power

    Laura Lieto

    Chapter 7 Artefacts in Dialogue: Regulatory Planning and the Search for Legitimacy

    Yvonne Rydin

    Chapter 8 Creating Land Through the Regulatory Process. The Case of Brownfield Land in England.

    Sonia Freire Trigo

    Chapter 9 Stepping Up to Meet the Challenge of a Zero Carbon Built Environment

    Meg Holden

    Chapter 10 Regulation and Water Management in the Milan Urban Region: The Seveso Creek Basin

    Matteo Del Fabbro and Gloria Pessina


    Chapter 11 Intermediary Organisations and the Liquid Regulation of Urban Planning in England

    Mike Raco, Frances Brill and Jessica Ferm

    Chapter 12 Citizen Monitoring of Environmental Regulation in England: The Post-Consent Stage

    Lucy Natarajan

    Chapter 13 Regulation by Design: The Case of Batignolles Park, Paris

    Marco Cremaschi

    Chapter 14 When "the sensor gives them a voice": Representing Users Through Data

    Antoine Courmont

    Chapter 15 Land Banking Regulation as Rhetorical Infrastructure: Planning as Translation in the Muncie Land Bank, Indiana

    John H. West

    On Practices, Institutions, Agency

    The Editors


    Yvonne Rydin is Professor of Planning, Environment, and Public Policy at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. She works on a wide range of issues concerning sustainability and planning. Her most recent book is Theory for Planning Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

    Robert A. Beauregard is Professor Emeritus at Columbia University (USA). He has written extensively on planning theory and urban theory. His most recent books are Advanced Introduction to Planning Theory (Edward Elgar, 2020), Cities in the Urban Age: A Dissent (University of Chicago Press, 2018), and Planning Matter: Acting with Things (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

    Marco Cremaschi is Professor of Urban Planning at SciencesPo, Paris. His research insists on a comparative approach to large urban projects in cities, focusing on Rome, Buenos Aires, and Kolkata; the local development of weak economy regions; and the reception of refugees in European metropolitan areas. His last book is Culture and Policy-Making. Pluralism, Performativity, and Semiotic Capital (co-auth. with C. Fioretti, T. Mannarini, S. Salvatore: Springer, 2020).

    Laura Lieto is a Professor of Urban Planning at Federico II University, Napoli (Italy). Laura is a planning theorist and an urban ethnographer. Her work focuses on urban informality, transnational urbanism, and planning regulation. Her most recent publications include "Star Architecture as Socio-material Assemblage” (2020) and “Planning for the Hybrid Gulf City” (2019).

    It is important to understand the second layer of this reader. Rather than addressing the instrumental uses of Regulation and Planning, this exemplary collection of international experiences contextualizes these central concepts in a variety of social - material practices. The intelligence of planning and regulation arises in the overlapping social encounters of institution and agency in a plural environment.

    - Willem Salet, University of Amsterdam


    The issue of regulation is at the very core of planning theory and practice. Unfortunately, this aspect is too often taken as if it were obvious and already well-known. Refuting these assumptions, this intriguing book critically revisits various forms and dimensions of regulation. Rules are not taken to be black-box tools, but are instead re-discussed in terms of processes creating them, social meaning and multiple impacts. In this way, the book provides a welcome challenge to policy-makers and planners to pay more attention to certain crucial and constitutive aspects of their endeavours.

    - Stefano Moroni, Professor of Planning at Milan Polytechnic