PlanningTheory: Reconstruction or Requiem?


In spite of the geometric progression in the quantity of scholars who have devoted themselves (more or less totally) to theoretical reflections about planning, both as a practice and as an academic discipline (to the point of founding a new strand or discipline of study, Planning Theory)1, I think that a diffuse, creeping uneasiness has pervaded all the participants of this discipline.This uneasiness concerns not only the role, the sense, and the boundaries of Planning Theory, but also those of planning tout court. I would even be tempted to say that, paradoxically, this wide reflection and debate about planning (called PlanningTheory) has worsened, instead of improving, the uncertainties and ‘derangement’ of planning itself, both as practice and profession.


Planning Theory Urban Planner Unilateral Approach Substantive Aspect Urban History 
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