For more than 35 years, planners have depended on The Planner's Use of Information to help them address their information needs. While the ability to manage complex information skillfully remains central to the practice of planning, the variety and quantity of information have ballooned in the last two decades. The methods of accessing and handling information––although often ultimately easier and faster––require new technical savvy. At the same time, planners themselves, and the constituents they serve, have changed.
This completely revised and updated third edition of this popular book will serve the new generation of planners who work in a world where social media, cell phones, community-embedded development, and a changing population have revolutionized the practice of planning. Edited again by Hemalata C. Dandekar, with chapters by leading experts in data collection, analysis, presentation, and management, The Planner's Use of Information empowers practitioners to use and address the impacts of twenty-first-century technologies. The book offers a range of methods for addressing many kinds of information needs in myriad situations. It is an invaluable day-to-day resource for practicing planners and an ideal classroom text for courses in planning communication and analytical methods. Illustrations, real-life examples, cartoons, exercises, bibliographies, and lists of online resources enrich the text.
Table of Contents
A Planning Case Study
Part I: Information Collection
Chapter 1. Field Methods for Collecting Information
Hemalata C. Dandekar
Chapter 2. Survey Methods for Planners
Chapter 3. Information from Secondary Sources
Part II: Information Organizing
Chapter 4. Analytical Methods in Planning
Chapter 5. Working with Teams
Chapter 6. Public Participation
Chapter 7. Technology and Techniques
Chapter 8. Physical Planning and Visioning
Vicente del Rio and Hemalata C. Dandekar
Part III: Information Communication
Chapter 9. Speaking Skills for Presentations
Donald L. Elliott
Chapter 10. Written Communication
Vivienne N. Armentrout
Chapter 11. Graphic and Visual Communications
Hemalata C. Dandekar, PhD, is Professor and former Department Head of City and Regional Planning, California Polytechnic State University, Vice Chair and Planning Commissioner, City of San Luis Obispo, and a licensed architect in California. Her scholarly works include books and articles on planning methods, housing, urbanization, and rural and international development. She is Professor Emerita, University of Michigan and Arizona State University, where she was Director, School of Planning and Landscape Architecture.
"This edition significantly upgrades the previous edition, incorporating advances in planning like team building, the growing importance of technology in planning, and creating physical concepts. The focus on process throughout the new material ensures that readers know basic concepts as well as how to use it to achieve desired outcomes."
—Jesse Saginor, AICP, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University, USA
"A heavily revised and updated version of a book destined to stay within arm’s reach."
—Harold Henderson, Planning Magazine