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The Urban Planning Imagination

Paperback By Nicholas A. Phelps
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Urban planning is not just about applying a suite of systematic principles or plotting out pragmatic designs to satisfy the briefs of private developers or public bodies. Planning is also an activity of imagination, with a stock of wisdom and an array of useful methods for making decisions and getting things done.

This critical introduction uncovers and celebrates this imagination and its creative potential. Nicholas A. Phelps explores the key themes and driving questions in the circulation of planning ideas and methods over time and across spaces, identifying the contrasts and commonalities between urban planning systems and cultures. He argues that the tools for inclusive urban planning are today, more than ever, not solely restricted to the hands of planning bodies, but are distributed across citizens, a variety of organizations (what Phelps calls ‘clubs’) and states. As a result, the book sets the ground for the new arrangements between these groups and actors which will be central to the future of urban planning.

By unsettling standard accounts, this book compels us towards more critical and creative thinking to ensure that the imagination, wisdom and methods of urban planning are mobilized towards achieving the aspiration of shaping better places.

Product Details

Format: Paperback, 248 pages Language: English
Dimension: 22.86cm x 14.99cm x 2.03cm ISBN10: 1509526250
Weight: 363g ISBN13: 9781509526253
Publication Date: 19 Apr 2021 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Nicholas A. Phelps is Professor and Chair of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne.


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