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Planning Ideas That Matter: Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice

Planning Ideas That Matter: Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice

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Publication Date: July 6th, 2012
Publisher:
The MIT Press
ISBN:
9780262517683
Pages:
432
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Description

Leading theorists and practitioners trace the evolution of key ideas in urban and regional planning over the last hundred years

Over the past hundred years of urbanization and suburbanization, four key themes have shaped urban and regional planning in both theory and practice: livability, territoriality, governance, and reflective professional practice. Planning Ideas That Matter charts the trajectories of these powerful planning ideas in an increasingly interconnected world.

The contributors, leading theorists and practitioners, discuss livability in terms of such issues as urban density, land use, and the relationship between the built environment and natural systems; examine levels of territorial organization, drawing on literature on regionalism, metropolitanism, and territorial competition; describe the ways planning connects to policy making and implementation in a variety of political contexts; and consider how planners conceive of their work and learn from practice.

Throughout, the emphasis is on how individuals and institutions—including government, business, professional organizations, and universities—have framed planning problems and ideas. The focus is less on techniques and programs than on the underlying concepts that have animated professional discourse over the years. The book is recommended for classroom use, as a reference for scholars and practitioners, and as a history of planning for those interested in the development of the field.

About the Author

Bishwapriya Sanyal is Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning at MIT.

Lawrence J. Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT.

Christina D. Rosan is Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University.

Gary Hack has studied, taught, and practiced site planning for more than forty years in the United States, Canada, and other countries. He is Professor Emeritus of Urban Design at MIT, where he headed the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, and Visiting Professor at Tsinghua and Chongqing Universities.

Lynne B. Sagalyn is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Director of the MBA Real Estate Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.