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Key Concepts in Planning

Key Concepts in Planning

July 2012 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Key Concepts in Planning forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Planning provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in Planning. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes:

  • An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field
  • Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions and evolutions of the subject
  • Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading

Key Concepts in Planning is an ideal companion text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Planning and covers the expected staples of the sub-discipline in an accessible style. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, Key Concepts in Planning is an essential addition to any geography student's library.

Plan and Planning
Sustainability and Sustainable Development
Systems and Complexity
Public Interest and Interests
Mobility and Accessibility
Rights and Property Rights
Place and Sense of Place
Externalities and Impacts

A superb tool for teaching

Dr Lee Pugalis
School of Built Environment, Northumbria University
September 23, 2013

The book was a very useful addition to the supplemental reading list but was, unfortunately, a little to broad for the 4th year module I teach.

Dr Deiric Ó Broin
School of Spatial Planning, Dublin Institute of Technology
November 11, 2012

Very accessible introduction to planning - prpobably the best one around.

Dr Amini Kamete
Department of Urban Studies, Glasgow University
November 6, 2012

An excellent text, the most current available in the topic. Given the changing scene this is very helpful in setting the background and the current position with regards to relevant planning frameworks.
I am using it for undergrads and postgrads. Well written and well structured.

Mr David Booth
Art & Design, Gloucestershire University
October 9, 2012

I have been looking for a book which does this for ages! It provides a clear explanation of the different elements and concepts which underpin how the planning system works and which are fundamental to the operation of the UK system. It also provides good guidance on further reading. A real assett to anyone wanting to understand the nature of planning in the UK.

Dr Catherine Hammond
Architecture and Planning, Sheffield Hallam University
August 29, 2012

A good oversight of key planning issues and concepts. The chapters on sustainability, community, development and competitveness are particularly useful for students requiring an introduction to such topics.

Schl of Geog, Earth & Env'l Sciences, Birmingham University
August 3, 2012

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