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Acknowledgments viii Introduction: The Structure and Debates of Planning Theory 1 Susan S. Fainstein and James DeFilippis Part I The Development of Planning Theory 19 Introduction 19 1. Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier 23 Robert Fishman 2. Co ]evolutions of Planning and Design: Risks and Benefits of Design Perspectives in Planning Systems 51 Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen, Martijn Duineveld, and Harro de Jong 3. Authoritarian High Modernism 75 James C. Scott 4. The Death and Life of Great American Cities 94 Jane Jacobs 5. Planning the Capitalist City 110 Richard E. Foglesong 6. The Three Historic Currents of City Planning 117 Peter Marcuse Part II What Are Planners Trying to Do? The Justifications and Critiques of Planning 133 Introduction 133 7. The Planning Project 139 Patsy Healey 8. Urban Planning in an Uncertain World 156 Ash Amin 9. Arguments For and Against Planning 169 Richard E. Klosterman 10. Is There Space for Better Planning in a Neoliberal World? Implications for Planning Practice and Theory 187 Heather Campbell, Malcolm Tait, and Craig Watkins 11. Green Cities, Growing Cities, Just Cities? Urban Planning and the Contradictions of Sustainable Development 214 Scott Campbell 12. Disasters, Vulnerability and Resilience of Cities 241 Brendan Gleeson 13. Spatial Justice and Planning 258 Susan S. Fainstein Part III Implications of Practice for Theory 273 Introduction 273 14. The Neglected Places of Practice 277 Robert Beauregard 15. Home, Sweet Home: American Residential Zoning in Comparative Perspective 293 Sonia Hirt 16. Understanding Community Development in a "Theory of Action" Framework: Norms, Markets, Justice 324 Laura Wolf ]Powers 17. Participatory Governance: From Theory to Practice 348 Frank Fischer 18. Cultivating Surprise and the Art of the Possible: The Drama of Mediating Differences 363 John Forester Part IV Wicked Problems in Planning: Identity, Difference, Ethics, and Conflict 383 Introduction 383 19. Inclusion and Democracy 389 Iris Marion Young 20. Towards a Cosmopolitan Urbanism: From Theory to Practice 407 Leonie Sandercock 21. Advocacy and Pluralism in Planning 427 Paul Davidoff 22. The Minority ]Race Planner in the Quest for a Just City 443 June Manning Thomas 23. The Past, Present, and Future of Professional Ethics in Planning 464 Martin Wachs 24. Insurgent Planning: Situating Radical Planning in the Global South 480 Faranak Miraftab Part V Planning in a Globalized World 499 Introduction 499 25. Place and Place ]Making in Cities: A Global Perspective 503 John Friedmann 26. Urban Informality: The Production of Space and Practice of Planning 524 Ananya Roy 27. Seeing from the South: Refocusing Urban Planning on the Globe's Central Urban Issues 540 Vanessa Watson 28. Global Cities of the South: Emerging Perspectives on Growth and Inequality 561 Gavin Shatkin Index 587

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Susan S. Fainstein is Senior Research Fellow and formerly professor in the Urban Planning Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her books include The Just City (2010), The City Builders (2nd Ed, 2001), and Restructuring the City (1986). Fainstein is also the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) for lifetime career achievement. James DeFilippis is Associate Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. His work focuses on the politics and economics of cities and communities, and he is particularly interested in social change, power and justice in cities. His books include the award-winning Unmaking Goliath: Community Control in the Face of Global Capital (2004).


This 4th edition is the best-available compendium and analysis of planning theory. Remarkably, the editors manage to retain many of the foundational readings while also producing a volume that is overwhelmingly grounded in new scholarship. This expands the canon to show how theory can be inspired and produced by practitioners and scholars engaged with far more than the United States and Europe. Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology The current edition of Readings in Planning Theory follows in the now well established tradition of its predecessors, in deftly combining incisive editorial commentary with classic writings and contemporary thinking stimulated by the enormous challenges facing societies across the globe. It remains the definitive text in the field. Heather Campbell, University of Sheffield

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