The Ancestry of Regional Spatial Planning
A Planner’s Look at History
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The book will attract a broad range of readers because of its approach and its wide coverage of historical periods and world regions. Although Europe is the main focus, the book contains material on all continents and all periods, the ancient world, the medieval age and the modern era. The history of Urban Planning is taught and researched widely, but the history, or pre-history, before the twentieth century, of Regional Spatial Planning is not. This book will fill that vacuum.
“This impressive original book bridges a major gap in literature on planning history and indeed prehistory, when planning was not even named yet as an activity or discipline. … Louis Wassenhoven thus offers a mesmerizing account on the ancestry of regional spatial planning even before it was named, but also a forceful statement on the functions of history as past and its importance in forecasting the future, or rather our multiple futures.” (Lila Leontidou, European Planning Studies, Vol. 28 (12), 2020)