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.



Related terms: social capital; environmental capital; cultural capital; human capital; resources; relations; networks; embeddedness; community


Many planners and commentators on urban change in the USA and Europe had begun to appreciate the limits of land use and physical planning by the 1960s, with dominant preoccupations with design and built form, along with attempts to rationally organise land use. Some had already begun to engage with insights and theories being developed more widely in the social sciences, for example Jane Jacobs had become certain that for planning actions to more effectively generate improvements to quality of life, then the social and environmental qualities of places had to be better understood. These would need to be reflected in processes, policies and planning decisions. At this time Jacobs ...

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