Planning Theory

In addition to presenting new research of general planning interest appearing in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, this blog will also from time to time highlight particularly notable historical articles or themes from our archive. Opinion
Nov 14, 2013   By JPER
Urban Planning has become increasingly complex with the rise of big data, inflating costs, diverging politics, and the advent of new technologies. To work with all these elements requires an inclusive approach to produce a useful outcome.
Oct 28, 2012   Humanitarian Space
Planners take a prescriptive approach to urbanism, while people have their own ideas about what makes good places that don't fit the standard orthodoxy. Drew Austin says both extremes need attention, and synthesis.
Apr 22, 2010   The Urbanophile
"Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter: -isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism; he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon: ‘I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.' A good point there. After all, he was the walrus. Opinion
Jan 5, 2010   By Jeffrey Barg
In her 1998 book Towards Cosmopolis, Leonie Sandercock deconstructs what she calls the "heroic" story of planning Opinion
Feb 20, 2009   By Michael Dudley
For as often as the Gulf Coast and 9/11 debacles and their aftermaths have been analyzed, one discussion has been conspicuously missing: how starkly those events, natural and man-made, revealed the inability of planning today--however professionally designed, organized and regulated-to cont Opinion
Mar 3, 2007   By Roger Sherman