At a time of potentially radical changes in the ways in which humans interact with their environments – through financial, environmental and/or social crises – the raison d’être of spatial planning faces significant conceptual and empirical challenges.This Companion presents a multidimensional collection of critical narratives of conceptual challenges for spatial planning.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory by Jean Hillier and Patsy Healey

Contents: Introduction, Jean Hillier; Part 1 Conceptual Challenges from Perspectives on Spatial Planning: Introduction, Patsy Healey; Governance, space and politics: exploring the governmentality of planning, Enrico Gualini; Informality and the politics of planning, Ananya Roy; Coexistence; planning and the challenge of indigenous rights, Richard Howitt and Gaim James Lunkapis;….

Part 2 Conceptual Challenges for Spatial Planning Theory: Introduction, Jean Hillier; Cities and nations, Manuel DeLanda; Modulation of singularities – a complexity approach to planning competitions, …

Part 3 Conceptual Challenges for Spatial Planning in Complexity: Introduction, Jean Hillier; Governance and planning: a pragmatic approach, Niraj Verma; Coping with the irreducible uncertainties of planning: an evolutionary approach,…..

The authors draw on various disciplinary traditions and theoretical frames to explore different ways of conceptualising spatial planning and the challenges it faces. Through problematising planning itself, the values which underpin planning and theory-practice relations, contributions make visible the limits of established planning theories and illustrate how, by thinking about new issues, or about issues in new ways, spatial planning might be advanced both theoretically and practically.

There cannot be definitive answers to the conceptual challenges posed, but the authors in this collection provoke critical questions and debates over important issues for spatial planning and its future.A key question is not so much what planning theory is, but what might planning theory do in times of uncertainty and complexity. An underlying rationale is that planning theory and practice are intrinsically connected.

The Companion is presented in three linked parts: issues which arise from an interactive understanding of the relations between planning ideas and the political-institutional contexts in which such ideas are put to work; key concepts in current theorising from mainly poststructuralist perspectives and what discussion on complexity may offer planning theory and practice.

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