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: zoning; boundary drawing; area-based initiatives; spatial segregation; designated areas; special purpose organisations; criteria-based planning; hierarchy; territorialisation


Designation and the associated practice of boundary drawing is important in planning practice as it is an indication of how planners and others typically seek to demarcate and bound both space and activities by a process of separation and ordering. Designations are a tool used by planners to highlight particular areas or issues, and are used to help intervene in how particular places, features and activities are managed. Such an approach may be deployed to incentivise certain practices through the creation of designated areas, zones or other targeted policies. In this sense planners act to differentiate between places and spaces so that policies, regulations and funds can ...

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