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 2: Plan and Planning
Plan and Planning
Related terms: strategy; vision; organisation; policy; forecasting; procedural theory; complexity
When considering the key concepts involved in planning practice we start with the term planning or plan. Including this as a concept here does, however, run the risk of writing a book within a book but also avoids the opposing danger of overlooking this metaconcept. In Peter Hall's words, including this chapter may amount to a ‘total superfluity’ in that everything in the book should be in this chapter or under this heading! Despite this warning we have included a consideration of ‘planning’ that sets out what we mean by the term and how planners and others have pursued land use planning and more recent efforts to develop a ‘spatial planning’ ...