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Situated Practices of Strategic Planning

An international perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Louis Albrechts, Alessandro Balducci, Jean Hillier


414 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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All over the world societies are facing a number of major problems. New developments, challenges and opportunities cause these issues and yet cases tell us that traditional spatial planning responses and tools are often insufficient to tackle these problems and challenges.

Situated Practices of Strategic Planning draws together examples from across the globe – from France to Australia; from Nigeria to the United States, as it observes international comparisons of the strategic planning process. Many approaches and policies used today fail to capture the dynamics of urban/regional transformation and are more concerned with maintaining an existing social order than challenging and transforming it. Stewarded by a team of highly regarded and experienced researchers, this book gives a synthetic view of the process of change and frames future directions of development. It is unique for its combination of analysis of international case studies and reflection on critical nodes and features in strategic planning.

This volume will be of interest to students who study regional planning, academics, professional planners, and policy makers.

Table of Contents


List of figures

List of tables

Illustration credits

List of contributors

Preface Acknowledgements


Chapter 1. Some ontological and epistemological challenges

Louis Albrechts


Chapter 2. Introduction.

Louis Albrechts and Alessandro Balducci

Cross-national & National experiences

Chapter 3. Regional strategic planning for China’s Pearl River Delta

Jiang Xu and Anthony G.O. Yeh

Chapter 4. Space as an Integrating Frame: Manifestations of and Prospects for Strategic Spatial Thinking in East Africa's Quest for Integration

Lawrence Esho and Robert Obudho

Chapter 5. The Region is Dead, Long Live the Region: the Øresund Region 15 years after the Bridge

Jonathan Metzger and Kristian Olesen

Chapter 6. Urban Strategic Spatial Planning in China: a two-round development since the late 1990s

Kang Cao and Li Zheng

Chapter 7. THE ROLE OF strategic spatial planning IN territorial sustainability - The CASE OF FRANCE

Christophe Demazière and José Serrano

Chapter 8. Strategic Spatial Planning in the USA

John Bryson Carissa and Schively Slotterback

Chapter 9. ‘What’s So Strategic about Australian Metropolitan Plans and Planning Reform? The Case of Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

Paul J. Maginn, Robin Goodman, Nicole Gurran and Kristian Ruming

Chapter 10. Strategic planning for transformation in post-Apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa

Philip Harrison

Chapter 11. The Blessings of ‘non-planning’ in Egypt

Mona Abdelwahab and Yehya Serag

Chapter 12. 15 Years of Strategic Planning in Italian Cities: Premises, Outcomes and Further Expectations

Valeria Fedeli

Chapter 13. Strategy at Work: a decade of Strategic Planning in Wales

Francesca S Sartorio

Regional and local experiences

Chapter 14. Spatial planning in Flanders and Antwerp 1940-2012:

Movements, clashing values and expertise: drivers for change

Jef Van den Broeck

Chapter 15. Regional Strategic Planning and Managing Uncertainty in Greater Vancouver’

John Abbott and Christina DeMarco

Chapter 16. Rio de Janeiro’s Strategic Plan: The Olympic Construction of the Corporate Town

Carlos Vainer


Chapter 17. Introduction

Jean Hillier

Chapter 18. Strategic Spatial Planning in Uncertainty or Planning Indeterminate Futures? A Critical Review

Jean Hillier

Chapter 19. Strategic Planning and Land Use Planning Conflicts: The Role of Statutory Authority

Glen Searle

Chapter 20. Strategic planning and institutional change - a karst river phenomenon

Loris Servillo

Chapter 21. Framing ‘evidence’ and scenario stories in strategic spatial planning

Raine Mäntysalo and Kristi Grišakov

Chapter 22 Strategic planning and "Trading Zones"

Alessandro Balducci

Chapter 23. Reinventing Strategic Spatial Planning: A Critical Act of Reconstruction

Willem Salet


Chapter 24. Some Ingredients for revisiting strategic spatial planning

Louis Albrechts


About the Editors

Louis Albrechts is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Spatial Planning at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Alessandro Balducci is Full Professor of Planning and Urban Policies at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Jean Hillier is Emeritus Professor of Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Regional Economics, Science and Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development