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Spatial Planning and Urban Development : Critical Perspectives - Pier Carlo Palermo

Spatial Planning and Urban Development

Critical Perspectives

Hardcover Published: 29th September 2010
ISBN: 9789048188697
Number Of Pages: 246

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Urban planning is a complex field of knowledge and practice. Through the decades, theoretical debate has formed an eclectic set of possible perspectives, without finding, in our opinion, a coherent paradigmatic framework which can adequately guide the interpretation and action in urban planning. The hypothesis of this book is that the attempts of founding an autonomous planning theory are inadequate if they do not explore two interconnected fields: architecture and public policies.The book critically reviews a selected set of current practices and theoretical founding works of modern and contemporary urban planning by highlighting the continuous search for the epistemic legitimization of a large variety of experiences. The distinctive contribution of this book is a documented critique to the eclecticism and abstraction of the main international trends in current planning theory. The dialogic relationship with the traditions of architecture and public policy is proposed here in order to critically review planning theory and practice. The outcome is the proposal of a paradigmatic framework that, in the authors' opinion, can adequately guide reflections and actions. A pragmatic and interpretative heritage and the project-orientated approach are the basis of this new spatial planning paradigm.

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"The text is grounded in a broad understanding of European planning traditions and conditions, augmented with an awareness of those on the other side of the Atlantic. A good portion of the book is devoted to a historical review of planning theory that acknowledges multiple overlaps in theory and practice in time and space. ... Spatial Planning and Urban Development makes a significant contribution to planning scholarship. ... Ponzini and Palermo have opened many avenues for constructive debate and progress in planning praxis and scholarship." (Sig Langegger, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 32 (3), 2012)

Urban Development and Planning: Issues and Dilemmas
The Topic of Studyp. 3
The Many Faces of Planningp. 7
A Crossroads with Many Dimensionsp. 13
Emerging Questionsp. 19
The Course of Our Discussionp. 23
Unfinished Projects for Disciplinary Foundation
The Rise and Crisis of Planning Theoryp. 31
Urban Design: The Lost Objectp. 37
Decision-Centred Viewsp. 41
The Social Rootedness of Urban Planningp. 53
The Interactive Turnp. 65
The Collaborative Shiftp. 77
Escaping into Irrationalityp. 91
Designing the Possiblep. 99
Mediterranean Planning Cultures: Italy
Characteristics of the Italian Modelp. 111
Towards a Planning Science?p. 117
City Designp. 125
Reformist Mainstreamp. 135
The Challenges for Policy Makingp. 143
Reconsidering Policy Designp. 153
Critical Issues and Perspectives
Planning, Implementation and Policy Toolsp. 163
Urban Regulation: Critical Issuesp. 175
Sense and Limits of Spatial Visioningp. 181
Urban Development Projects in a Strategic Frameworkp. 189
Rethinking Spatial Planning and Urban Development
Choosing the Paradigmp. 201
The Quality in Spatial Developmentp. 207
Referencesp. 213
Name Indexp. 241
Subject Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9789048188697
ISBN-10: 9048188695
Series: Urban and Landscape Perspectives
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 29th September 2010
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.19