In a clear and rewarding style, Albrechts and Mandelbaum consider the challenges that the new paradigm of the Network Society creates for Urban and Regional Planning. Chapters grouped into five themes discuss theoretical and practical perspectives on the contemporary organization of social, economic, cultural, political and physical spaces. These sections are:
- models of the Network Society
- the impact of physical networks such as transport
- challenges for Planners raised by society’s increased reliance on new technology
- an examination of local networks including community networks and the possibilities of setting up local networks for disaster recovery
- a comparison of spatial and policy networks and an exploration of the institutions involved.
This book is essential reading for graduate level courses in urban studies, city and regional planning, and urban design. With its clear structure – unitary sections but a diversity of perspectives – the book can be used easily in courses such as Planning Theory, Urban Infrastructure and Public Policy.
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Introduction: A New Context for Planning?
Louis Albrechts and Seymour J. Mandelbaum
1 The Network Society: A New Paradigm?
1.1 Communicative Action and the Network Society: A Pragmatic Marriage?
Niraj Verma and HaeRan Shin
1.2 Planning and the Network City: Discursive Correspondences
Robert A. Beauregard
1.3 Escaping the Prison of "the Present Place": Can We Plan the Future of Localities in the Context of a Network Society?
1.4 The Discourse Network: A Way of Understanding Policy Formation, Stability, and Change in the Networked Polity
1.5 Commentary: Networks and Planning Thought
Judith E. Innes
2 Organization of Space and Time
2.1 Impact of Physical Networks
2.1.1 Cities and Transport: Exploring the Need for New Planning Approaches
2.1.2 Networking for Trans-National "Missing Links": Tracing the Political Success of European High-Speed Rail in the 1990s
2.1.3 Strategies for Networked Cities
2.1.4 The "Network City": A New Old Way of Thinking Cities in the ICT Age
2.2 Organization of Space and Time: Challenges for Planning and Planners
2.2.1 Planning as Persuasive Storytelling in the Context of "the Network Society"
James A. Throgmorton
2.2.2 Network Complexity and the Imaginative Power of Strategic Spatial Planning
2.2.3 Commentary: Imagining Urban Transformation
3 Policy Networks and Governance
3.1 Local Networks and Capital Building
3.1.1 Why Liberal Planning Cannot Manage the Network Society: Lessons from Community Action
Howell S. Baum
3.1.2 ICT-Enforced Community Networks for Sustainable Development and Social Inclusion
3.1.3 Recovery from Disasters: Challenges for Low Income Communities in the Americas
William J. Siembieda
3.1.4 The Multicultural City in the Age of Networks
Xavier de Souza Briggs
Susan S. Fainstein
3.2 Governance Capacity, Policy Networks, and Territorial Specificities
3.2.1 The Global Emergence of Private Planning and Governance
Chris Webster and Shin Lee
3.2.2 Inter-Agency Transport Planning: Cooperation in a Loose Policy Network
Tore Sager and Inger-Anne Ravlum
3.2.3 Collaborative Planning, Commitment, and Trust. Dealing with Uncertainty in Networks
Ronald G.H. van Ark and Jurian Edelenbos
3.2.4 Reconnecting Space, Place, and Institutions: Inquiring into "Local" Governance in Urban and Regional Research
3.2.5 Commentary: Governance Capacity, Policy Networks, and Territorial Specificities
Louis Albrechts is professor of planning in the Department of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Leuven, Belgium. Seymour Mandelbaum is professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, USA
"Albrechts and Mandelbaum present 18 papers,along with occasional commentaries, that take different positions on the question of whether the concept of “network society” (associated with the work of Manuel Castells) should be considered a new context for planning. The papers are organized into sections broadly concerned with the impact of physical networks; challenges for planning and planners inthe organization of space and time; local networks and capital building;and governance capacity, policy networks, and territorial specificities." --Reference & Research Book News