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.

Place and Sense of Place

Place and sense of place

Related terms: community; conservation; networks; genius loci; identity; placelessness; non-place; environmental justice; character; meaning; attachment; locality


Arguably much planning thought and policy centres in some way around a concern for space, place and spatial relations. The RTPI's strapline of ‘mediation of space, making of place’ aims to convey how concerns over space and place are central to planning practice. Indeed planning activity does certainly affect the way that space and place change or are maintained. An understanding of how and why planning acts to mediate and help shape place is important because it is both a primary aim and outcome of planning activity.

While place may appear a quite straightforward idea, various elements and difficulties associated with the ...

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