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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Planning History

Edited By

Carola Hein

ISBN 9780367872373
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
536 Pages

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Book Description

2018 IPHS Special Book Prize Award Recipient

The Routledge Handbook of Planning History offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of planning history since its emergence in the late 19th century, investigating the history of the discipline, its core writings, key people, institutions, vehicles, education, and practice. Combining theoretical, methodological, historical, comparative, and global approaches to planning history, The Routledge Handbook of Planning History explores the state of the discipline, its achievements and shortcomings, and its future challenges.

A foundation for the discipline and a springboard for scholarly research, The Routledge Handbook of Planning History explores planning history on an international scale in thirty-eight chapters, providing readers with unique opportunities for comparison. The diverse contributions open up new perspectives on the many ways in which contemporary events, changing research needs, and cutting-edge methodologies shape the writing of planning history.

Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors

Chapter 1: The What, Why, and How of Planning History, Carola Hein

Part I: Writing Planning History: Agents, Theories, Methods, and Typologies

Chapter 2: The Pioneers, Institutions, and Vehicles of Planning History, Stephen V. Ward

Chapter 3: Interdisciplinarity in Planning History, Nancy H. Kwak

Chapter 4: Planning History and Theory: Institutions, Comparison, and Temporal Processes, André Sorensen

Chapter 5: The History of Planning Methodology, Peter Batey

Chapter 6: Biographical Method, Robert Freestone

Chapter 7: Planning Diffusion: Agents, Mechanisms, Networks, and Theories, Stephen V. Ward

Chapter 8: Global Systems Foundations of the Discipline: Colonial, Postcolonial, and Other Power Structures, Robert Home

Part II: Time, Place, and Culture: From Euro-American to Global Planning History

Chapter 9: The Ancient Past in the Urban Present: The Use of Early Models in Urban Design, Michael E. Smith and Carola Hein

Chapter 10: Writing Planning History in the English-Speaking World, Robert Freestone

Chapter 11: Key Planning Histories of the Developing Western Tradition from the Mid-19th Century to the Early-20th Century, David Massey

Chapter 12: Urbanisme, Urbanismo, Urbanistica: Latin European Urbanism, Javier Monclús and Carmen Díez Medina

Chapter 13: Urbanisme and the Francophone Sphere, Clément Orillard

Chapter 14: The German Traditions of Städtebau and Stadtlandschaft and Their Diffusion Through Global Exchange, Celina Kress

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Carola Hein is Professor and Head of the History of Architecture and Urban Planning Chair at TU Delft, the Netherlands. She is the author and editor of several books, including the editor of Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks, contributor to Reflections on Urban, Regional and National Space by Nishiyama Uzo, and co-editor of Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan. She serves on the boards of the International Planning History Society, the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and the Urban History Association. She is a member of the editorial boards of Planning Perspectives and the Journal of Urban History.


"An ambitious and masterly synthesis of planning history worldwide. The Routledge Handbook of Planning History explores the state of the discipline, its theories, methods, achievements and challenges. The range and erudition of analysis by leading scholars in the field makes this a must-read for anyone interested in the evolution of cities. This is destined to become a classic."

Rosemary Wakeman, Fordham University, USA


"Unprecedentedly global in scope, this ambitious handbook interweaves the fullest-ever account of the historiography and current state of the field. Even more usefully, by helping to hone critical questions, it is an inspiration to those who will craft the planning history of the future."

Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Past President, Society for American City and Regional Planning History