1st Edition

Situated Practices of Strategic Planning An international perspective

Edited By Louis Albrechts, Alessandro Balducci, Jean Hillier Copyright 2017
    430 Pages
    by Routledge

    430 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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.


    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.