Key Concepts in Planning forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Planning provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in Planning. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes: An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field; Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions and evolutions of the subject; Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading
Key Concepts in Planning is an ideal companion text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Planning and covers the expected staples of the sub-discipline in an accessible style. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, Key Concepts in Planning is an essential addition to any geography student's library.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Why This Book?
Planning as a subject for study is one of the most multidisciplinary: practice and theory cut across and draw on a breadth of social sciences and other influences. It is an integrative concern, an endlessly dynamic and interesting field for study and reflection, Moreover the aims, activities and implications of planning affect us all. The concepts included here and the way that they are applied have been shaped and reshaped by policy makers and practitioners, by commentators and academics within planning and across the contributory disciplines. These ideas and labels are actively shaping practice and are shaped by practice – they are fluid and open to appropriation. All of these concepts therefore reflect and can be used to understand planning activity in ...