3rd Edition

The Planner's Use of Information

Edited By Hemalata C. Dandekar Copyright 2019
    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    A Planning Case Study

    Part I: Information Collection

    Chapter 1. Field Methods for Collecting Information

    Hemalata C. Dandekar

    Chapter 2. Survey Methods for Planners

    Cornelius Nuworsoo

    Chapter 3. Information from Secondary Sources

    Cornelius Nuworsoo

    Part II: Information Organizing

    Chapter 4. Analytical Methods in Planning

    Richard Crepeau

    Chapter 5. Working with Teams

    Peter Ash

    Chapter 6. Public Participation

    Darcie White

    Chapter 7. Technology and Techniques

    Chris Steins

    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

    Amir Hajrasouliha


    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