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The Routledge Handbook of Planning History

1st Edition

Edited by Carola Hein


520 pages

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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.


"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

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 TemporalProcesses,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

Chapter 15: Planning History in and of Russia and the Soviet Union,Maria Taylor and Irina Kukina

Chapter 16: From Urbanism to Planning Process: Convergences of Latin American Countries,Maria Cristina da Silva Leme and Vera Lucia F. Motta Rezende

Chapter 17: Southeast Asia: Colonial Discourses,Abidin Kusno

Chapter 18: Postcolonial Southeast Asia,Abidin Kusno

Chapter 19: Idioms of Japanese Planning Historiography,Carola Hein

Chapter 20: The Uses of Planning History in China, Daniel B. Abramson

Chapter 21: Planning Histories in the Arab World,Éric Verdeil and, Joe Nasr

Chapter 22: Africa’s Urban Planning Palimpsest,Susan Parnell

Part III: Sites and Dynamics: Issues, Movements, Themes, and Debates

Chapter 23: Politics, Power, and Urban Form,David Gordon

Chapter 24: Planning for Economic Development, Richard Hu

Chapter 25: Planning for Infrastructure: Lifelines, Mobility, and Urban Developmenat,Domenic Vitiello

Chapter 26: Ports and Urban Waterfronts,Dirk Schubert

Chapter 27: Urban Segments and Event Spaces: World’s Fairs and Olympic Sites,John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold

Chapter 28: Public Health and Urban Planning: Intertwined Histories, Russ Lopez

Chapter 29: Urbanism, Housing, and the City,Cor Wagenaar

Chapter 30: Global Suburbanization in Planning History,André Sorensen

Chapter 31: Opposition, Participation, and Community-Driven Planning Histories,Dirk Schubert

Chapter 32: Livability and Environmental Sustainability: From Smoky to Livable Cities, Dieter Schott

Chapter 33: Disasters: Recovery, Re-planning, Reconstruction, and Resilience, Peter J. Larkham

Chapter 34: A History of Heritage Conservation in City Planning, Jyoti Hosagrahar

Part IV: Futures

Chapter 35: Educating Planners in History: A Global Perspective, Christopher Silver

Chapter 36: The Imprint of History in the Practice of City and Regional PlanningLessons from the Cincinnati Case, 1925–2012, Eugenie L. Birch

Chapter 38: Death of the Author, Center, and Meta-Theory: Emerging Planning Histories and Expanding Methods of the Early 21st Century,Tom Avermaete

Chapter 39: Future Narratives for Planning History, Stephen J. Ramos


About the Editor


Carola Hein

Delft, South Holland, Netherlands

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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.

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ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning