The Evolution of Planning Thought Roundtable (AESOP 2014)
This Roundtable took place on Thursday, July 10th 2014 as part of the AESOP 2014 Conference in Utrecht (NL).
Moderators: Beatrix HASELSBERGER & Laura SAIJA
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. All panel speakers were actively involved in academic planning’s transformation from vocational, pragmatic training for practitioners into an impressive institutional network of planning schools (such as AESOP in Europe, or ACSP in the US) and programmes underpinned by robust theories.
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.