All over the world societies are facing a number of major problems. New developments, challenges and opportunities cause these issues and yet cases tell us that traditional spatial planning responses and tools are often insufficient to tackle these problems and challenges.

Situated Practices of Strategic Planning draws together examples from across the globe – from France to Australia; from Nigeria to the United States, as it observes international comparisons of the strategic planning process. Many approaches and policies used today fail to capture the dynamics of urban/regional transformation and are more concerned with maintaining an existing social order than challenging and transforming it. Stewarded by a team of highly regarded and experienced researchers, this book gives a synthetic view of the process of change and frames future directions of development. It is unique for its combination of analysis of international case studies and reflection on critical nodes and features in strategic planning.

This volume will be of interest to students who study regional planning, academics, professional planners, and policy makers.

chapter 1|11 pages

Some ontological and epistemological challenges

ByLouis Albrechts

part 1|278 pages

Situated experiences of strategic planning worldwide

chapter 2|7 pages


ByLouis Albrechts, Alessandro Balducci

part |192 pages

Cross-national and national experiences

chapter 3|20 pages

Regional strategic planning for China's Pearl River Delta

ByJiang Xu, Anthony G.O. Yeh

chapter 4|22 pages

Space as an integrating frame

Manifestations of and prospects for strategic spatial thinking in East Africa's quest for integration
ByLawrence Esho, Robert Obudho

chapter 5|17 pages

The region is dead, long live the region

The Øresund Region 15 years after the bridge
ByKristian Olesen, Jonathan Metzger

chapter 6|17 pages

Urban strategic spatial planning in China

A two-round development since the late 1990s
ByKang Cao, Li Zheng

chapter 7|16 pages

The role of strategic spatial planning in territorial sustainability

The case of France
ByChristophe Demazière, José Serrano

chapter 8|18 pages

Strategic spatial planning in the USA

ByJohn M. Bryson, Carissa Schively Slotterback

chapter 9|23 pages

What's so strategic about Australian metropolitan plans and planning reform?

The case of Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
ByPaul J. Maginn, Robin Goodman, Nicole Gurran, Kristian Ruming

chapter 10|22 pages

The blessings of ‘non-planning' in Egypt

ByMona Abdelwahab, Yehya Serag

chapter 11|17 pages

15 years of strategic planning in Italian cities

Premises, outcomes and further expectations
ByValeria Fedeli

chapter 12|18 pages

Strategy at work

A decade of strategic planning in Wales
ByFrancesca S. Sartorio

part |76 pages

Regional and local experiences

chapter 14|22 pages

Spatial planning in Flanders and Antwerp 1940–2012

Movements, clashing values and expertise: drivers for change
ByJef Van den Broeck

chapter 15|20 pages

Regional strategic planning and managing uncertainty in Greater Vancouver

ByJohn Abbott, Christina DeMarco

chapter 16|16 pages

Rio de Janeiro's strategic plan

The Olympic construction of the corporate town
ByCarlos Vainer

part 2|95 pages

Conceptual and critical nodes in strategic planning

chapter 17|5 pages


ByJean Hillier

chapter 18|19 pages

Strategic spatial planning in uncertainty or planning indeterminate futures?

A critical review
ByJean Hillier

chapter 19|14 pages

Strategic planning and land use planning conflicts

The role of statutory authority
ByGlen Searle

chapter 20|17 pages

Strategic planning and institutional change

A karst river phenomenon
ByLoris Antonio Servillo

chapter 21|14 pages

Framing ‘evidence' and scenario stories in strategic spatial planning

ByRaine Mäntysalo, Kristi Grišakov

chapter 22|11 pages

Strategic planning and ‘trading zones' 1

ByAlessandro Balducci

chapter 23|13 pages

Reinventing strategic spatial planning

A critical act of reconstruction
ByWillem Salet

part 3|18 pages


chapter 24|16 pages

Some ingredients for revisiting strategic spatial planning

ByLouis Albrechts