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The Routledge Handbook of Planning History offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of planning history since its emergence in the late 19th century, investigating the history of the discipline, its core writings, key people, institutions, vehicles, education, and practice. Combining theoretical, methodological, historical, comparative, and global approaches to planning history, The Routledge Handbook of Planning History explores the state of the discipline, its achievements and shortcomings, and its future challenges.

A foundation for the discipline and a springboard for scholarly research, The Routledge Handbook of Planning History explores planning history on an international scale in thirty-eight chapters, providing readers with unique opportunities for comparison. The diverse contributions open up new perspectives on the many ways in which contemporary events, changing research needs, and cutting-edge methodologies shape the writing of planning history.

chapter 1|10 pages

The What, Why, and How of Planning History

ByCarola Hein

part I|96 pages

Writing Planning History

chapter 2|12 pages

The Pioneers, Institutions, and Vehicles of Planning History

ByStephen V. Ward

chapter 3|10 pages

Interdisciplinarity in Planning History

ByNancy H. Kwak

chapter 4|11 pages

Planning History and Theory

Institutions, Comparison, and Temporal Processes
ByAndré Sorensen

chapter 5|14 pages

The History of Planning Methodology

ByPeter Batey

chapter 6|16 pages

Biographical Method

ByRobert Freestone

chapter 7|15 pages

Planning Diffusion

Agents, Mechanisms, Networks, and Theories
ByStephen V. Ward

chapter 8|16 pages

Global Systems Foundations of the Discipline

Colonial, Postcolonial, and Other Power Structures
ByRobert Home

part II|192 pages

Time, Place, and Culture

chapter 9|12 pages

The Ancient Past in the Urban Present

The Use of Early Models in Urban Design
ByMichael E. Smith, Carola Hein

chapter 10|13 pages

Writing Planning History in the English-Speaking World

ByRobert Freestone

chapter 12|14 pages

Urbanisme, Urbanismo, Urbanistica

Latin European Urbanism
ByJavier Monclús, Carmen Díez Medina

chapter 13|12 pages

Urbanisme and the Francophone Sphere

ByClément Orillard

chapter 15|16 pages

Planning History in and of Russia and the Soviet Union

ByMaria Taylor, Irina Kukina

chapter 16|10 pages

From Urbanism to Planning Process

Convergences of Latin American Countries
ByMaria Cristina da Silva Leme, Vera Lucia F. Motta Rezende

chapter 17|12 pages

Southeast Asia

Colonial Discourses
ByAbidin Kusno

chapter 18|14 pages

Postcolonial Southeast Asia

ByAbidin Kusno

chapter 19|16 pages

Idioms of Japanese Planning Historiography

ByCarola Hein

chapter 20|13 pages

The Uses of Planning History in China

ByDaniel B. Abramson

chapter 21|15 pages

Planning Histories in the Arab World

ByÉric Verdeil, Joe Nasr

chapter 22|11 pages

Africa’s Urban Planning Palimpsest

BySusan Parnell

part III|157 pages

Sites and Dynamics

chapter 23|12 pages

Politics, Power, and Urban Form

ByDavid Gordon

chapter 24|12 pages

Planning for Economic Development

ByRichard Hu

chapter 25|13 pages

Planning for Infrastructure

Lifelines, Mobility, and Urban Development
ByDomenic Vitiello

chapter 26|12 pages

Ports and Urban Waterfronts

ByDirk Schubert

chapter 27|16 pages

Urban Segments and Event Spaces

World’s Fairs and Olympic Sites
ByJohn R. Gold, Margaret M. Gold

chapter 28|11 pages

Public Health and Urban Planning

Intertwined Histories
ByRuss Lopez

chapter 29|11 pages

Urbanism, Housing, and the City

ByCor Wagenaar

chapter 30|14 pages

Global Suburbanization in Planning History

ByAndré Sorensen

chapter 31|15 pages

Opposition, Participation, and Community-Driven Planning Histories

ByDirk Schubert

chapter 32|11 pages

Livability and Environmental Sustainability

From Smoky to Livable Cities
ByDieter Schott

chapter 33|13 pages


Recovery, Re-planning, Reconstruction, and Resilience
ByPeter J. Larkham

chapter 34|15 pages

A History of Heritage Conservation in City Planning

ByJyoti Hosagrahar

part IV|37 pages


chapter 35|9 pages

Educating Planners in History

A Global Perspective
ByChristopher Silver

chapter 36|10 pages

The Imprint of History in the Practice of City and Regional Planning

Lessons from the Cincinnati Case, 1925–2012
ByEugenie L. Birch

chapter 37|9 pages

Death of the Author, Center, and Meta-Theory

Emerging Planning Histories and Expanding Methods of the Early 21st Century
ByTom Avermaete

chapter 38|7 pages

Future Narratives for Planning History

ByStephen J. Ramos