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The third edition of Readings in Planning Theory features thirteen new readings that define current debates and presents the works that constitute the main focus of the field, addressing the central issues that face planners as theorists and practitioners.
• Expands the focus on international planning by including globalization and theories of development
• Includes new readings that examine themes emerging in planning theory, including a critique of the modernist roots of centralized planning, a re-emphasis on space in planning, and a discussion of the difficulty of sustainable development
• Features new case studies of planning success and failure on both sides of the Atlantic
• Addresses the range of core planning theory so as to remain the primary text in urban planning courses
• Examines the current state of planning theory and the new directions it has taken in recent years
• Draws on a wide range of authors who address planning history, arguments for and against planning, competing planning styles, planning ethics, the public interest, and considerations of race and gender

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What People Are Saying

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"Readings in Planning Theory is comprehensive, balanced, and stimulating. Of great use to both teachers and scholars, it is without a doubt the preeminent collection in planning theory available today."
Mark Purcell, University of Washington

"This trenchant volume succeeds in a vital way: it provides a framework for theories of planning that will enable planning students and practitioners to explain their chosen field much more cogently."
Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Debates within planning theory define the nature of the planning activity. Through careful selection and thoughtful editing this substantially revised third edition of Readings in Planning Theory continues to be the definitive guide to the field."
Heather Campbell, The University of Sheffield

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631223474
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND, REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan S. Fainstein is a Professor in the Urban Planning Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her books include The Just City (2010), The City Builders (second edition, 2001), and Restructuring the City (1986). Fainstein is also a recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) for lifetime career achievement.

Scott Campbell is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Doctoral Program Director in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He is a co-author of The Rise of the Gunbelt: The Military Remapping of Industrial America  (1991). His article on sustainable development won an award for best article of the year from the Journal of the American Planning Association

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction: The Structure and Debates of Planning Theory 1
Pt. I Foundations of Twentieth-Century Planning Theory
1 Urban Utopias: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier 21
2 The Death and Life of Great American Cities 61
3 Toward a Non-Euclidian Mode of Planning 75
Pt. II Planning: Justifications and Critiques
4 Arguments For and Against Planning 86
5 Planning the Capitalist City 102
6 Between Modernity and Postmodernity: The Ambiguous Position of U.S. Planning 108
7 Authoritarian High Modernism 125
8 Making Space: Planning as a Mode of Thought 142
Pt. III Planning Types
9 New Directions in Planning Theory 173
10 The Science of "Muddling Through" 196
11 Advocacy and Pluralism in Planning 210
12 Equitable Approaches to Local Economic Development 224
13 The Communicative Turn in Planning Theory and its Implications for Spatial Strategy Formation 237
Pt. IV Planning in Action: Successes, Failures, and Strategies
14 What Local Economic Developers Actually Do: Location Quotients versus Press Releases 262
15 Community and Consensus: Reality and Fantasy in Planning 275
16 Popular Planning: Coin Street, London 296
17 Rationality and Power 318
Pt. V Race, Gender, and City Planning
18 City Life and Difference 336
19 Educating Planners: Unified Diversity for Social Action 356
20 Nurturing: Home, Mom, and Apple Pie 376
21 Towards Cosmopolis: Utopia as Construction Site 401
Pt. VI Ethics, the Environment, and Conflicting Priorities
22 APA's Ethical Principles Include Simplistic Planning Theories 413
23 Risk Assessment and Environmental Crisis: Toward an Integration of Science and Participation 418
24 Green Cities, Growing Cities, Just Cities? Urban Planning and the Contradictions of Sustainable Development 435
Index 459
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