Critical Essays in Planning Theory
Series Editors: Jean Hillier, RMIT University, Australia and
Patsy Healey, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
'...one of the most comprehensive collections about planning
theory ever published. The collection offers readers, interested in
the debates about the nature, purpose and practice of planning, an
easy access to some of the most influential essays on which these
discussions are frequently based, putting them in their historical
context, not only in the planning field but also on the wider
intellectual history of the philosophy of social science...'
European Planning Studies
Planning theory has a history of common debates about ideas and
practices and is rooted in a critical concern for the 'improvement'
of human and environmental well-being, particularly as pursued
through interventions which seek to shape environmental conditions
and place qualities.
This three-volume set provides an authoritative collection, in
an accessible form, of the most important and influential articles
and papers on planning theory. While acknowledging that this
discipline draws on a diverse range of intellectual inspirations
and influences, the papers included are specifically focused on the
planning field. These volumes are organised in a broadly
chronological sequence, with major bodies of thought grouped
Each volume includes an introduction reviewing the specific
content of that volume and brief introductions are also provided
for each section within the volumes.
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