Encounters in Planning Thought builds on the intellectual legacy of spatial planning through essays by leading scholars from around the world, including John Friedmann, Peter Marcuse, Peter Hall, Luigi Mazza, Andreas Faludi, Patsy Healey, Gerhard Schimak, Judith Innes, Barrie Needham, Louis Albrechts, Klaus Kunzmann, Cliff Hague, Michael Batty, Rachelle Alterman, John Forester and Charles Hoch. Each author provides a fascinating and inspiring unravelling of his or her own intellectual journey in the context of events, political and economic forces, and prevailing ideas and practices, as well as their own personal lives.


The reader will learn about the many different perspectives on what planning is and should be, as each author has been influenced by different planning cultures, has chosen different specialisations and has operated in different institutional settings. This book shows a wide diversity of thought and enables current and future generations of spatial planners to better understand today’s established planning concepts and theories by offering insights on the thinking processes and influences which lie behind them.


This is crucial reading for those interested in spatial planning, including those studying the theory and history of spatial planning. Encounters in Planning Thought sets out a comprehensive, intellectual, institutional and practical agenda for the discipline of spatial planning as it heads towards its next half-century. Together, the essays form a solid base on which to understand the most salient elements to be taken forward by current and future generations of spatial planners.