© 2003

Planning Support Systems in Practice

  • Stan Geertman
  • John Stillwell

Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stan Geertman, John Stillwell
      Pages 3-22
  3. Systems and Technologies for Enhancing Participation in the Planning Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Stan Geertman, John Stillwell
      Pages 25-44
    3. Richard Kingston, Andrew Evans, Steve Carver
      Pages 45-64
    4. Steve Ventura, Tracy Miller, Glen Barry
      Pages 87-98
  4. Tools for Supporting the Planning Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Jukka Mikkonen, Mika Ristimäki, Kari Oinonen, Henning Sten Hansen
      Pages 123-137
    3. Gerrit J. Carsjens, Ron J. A. van Lammeren, Arend Ligtenberg
      Pages 139-154
    4. Stan Geertman, Tom de Jong, Coen Wessels
      Pages 155-175
    5. Bin Jiang, Bo Huang, Vit Vasek
      Pages 177-191
    6. Dmitry Kurtener, Vladimir Badenko
      Pages 249-265
  5. Support Systems for Strategic Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Tony Champion, Glen Bramley, Stewart Fotheringham, James Macgill, Philip Rees
      Pages 269-290

About this book


Planning Support Systems: Technologies that are Driving Planning Michael Batty Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC 1 E 6BT, United Kingdom I had always thought the term 'Planning Support Systems', abbreviated to PSS, had been coined by the father of land use modelling, Britton Harris, in his article 'Beyond Geographic Information Systems: computers and the planning professional' published in the Journal of the American Planning Association in 1989 (Harris 1989). Until I asked hirn, that iso In a response to a paper he gave to the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) in the summer of 1987, he told me that someone in the audience who he cannot quite remember, actually coined the term, referring to 'planning support systems' as that constellation of digital techniques (such as GIS) which were emerging to support the planning process. In fact, the predecessor term 'decision support systems' (DSS) from which this unknown originator obviously defined PSS by analogy, was coined as far back as the late 1970s in the management literature for a loose assemblage of techniques, usually computer-based, which aided management decisions. The term slowly entered the geographicallexicon as 'spatial decision support systems' (SDSS) and this is probably first attributable to Lew Hopkins and Mark Armstrong who used it in a paper published in AutoCarto 7 in 1985 (Hopkins and Armstrong 1985).


GIS Geoinformationssysteme Internet Monitoring Technologie Urban and Regional Planning development environment fuzzy information system network network analysis planning sustainable development transport

Editors and affiliations

  • Stan Geertman
    • 1
  • John Stillwell
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Geographical SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.School of GeographyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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From the reviews:

"This volume provides the first worldwide overview of Planning Support Systems (PSS) and of their application in practice. … It provides an Internet-based worldwide inventory of innovative examples and successful applications of PSS in a number of different planning contexts. In depth insight into the purposes, content, workings, and applications of a very wide diversity of PSS is given. References to URLs where additional information can be obtained are very useful." (Planning Studies Centre, December, 2004)