The Evolution of Planning Thought Roundtable (ASCP 2014)

This Roundtable took place on Thursday, October 30th 2014 as part of the ACSP 2014 Conference in Philadelphia.




Roundtable Description

Moderator: Beatrix HASELSBERGER, Vienna University of Technology, Austria


Roundtable speakers:
Rachelle ALTERMAN, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, IL
John FORESTER, Cornell University, New York, US
Cliff HAGUE, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, GB
Charles HOCH, University of Illinois, Chicago, US
Judith INNES, University of California, Berkeley, US
Peter MARCUSE, Columbia University, New York, US



This roundtable seeks to create an informed future perspective by looking at planning through the eyes of those that have been at the coal face of planning’s scholarly institutionalisation, its senior professoriate, either retired or at the cusp of retirement. It unpacks how ideas in planning have evolved, developed, circulated and how they can be transmitted meaningfully to a different time, context and situation.


This Evolution of Planning Thought roundtable unpacks how planners developed theories and conceptual tools, how these shaped the development of practice, how planners organised themselves at an international and global scale, and the conceptual, institutional and practical lacuna that remain to be filled. Building on the foundation concept, where narratives reveal intellectual development, this roundtable focuses upon a series of short presentations from a selection of leading international planning academics.


The panel speakers will address the Evolution of Planning Thought in the context of their personal values and experiences as well as in relation to an ever changing world. Each contribution provides an understanding of these academics’ individual journeys, foregrounding their perceptions and experiences and clarifying the wider context of particular moments when the milestones of planning emerged. Each speaker will also reflect on what they perceived as the most salient elements of that journey, and the most important lessons these experiences’ provide for future generations. The subsequent audience discussion will resituate these planning thoughts in ways meaningful to the contemporary context, and highlight the challenges confronting current and future generation of planners.