The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning and Culture

The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning and Culture

Hardback Ashgate Research Companion

Edited by Greg Young, Edited by Deborah Stevenson


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 410 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 246mm x 38mm | 1,100g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1409422240
  • ISBN 13: 9781409422242
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Includes 29 b&w illustrationsIncludes 29 illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,197,086

Product description

It has become increasingly evident that effective planning for sustainable communities, environments and economies pivots on the ability of planners to see the possibilities for culture in comprehensive social, historical and environmental terms and to more fully engage with the cultural practices, processes and theorisation that comprise a social formation. More broadly, an approach to planning theory and practice that is itself formed through a close engagement with culture is required. This Research Companion brings together leading experts from around the world to map the contours of the relationship between planning and culture and to present these inextricably linked concepts and issues together in one place. By examining significant trends in varying national and international contexts, the contributors scrutinise the theories and practices of both planning and culture and explore not only their interface, but significant divergences and tensions. In doing so, this collection provides the first comprehensive overview and analysis of planning and culture, interdisciplinary and international in scope. It is comprised of six parts organised around the themes of global and historical contexts, key dimensions of planning and cultural theory and practice, and cultural and planning dynamics. Each section includes a final chapter that provides a case study lens which pulls the themes of the section together with reference to a significant planning issue or initiative.

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Table of contents

Contents: Introduction: culture and planning in a grain of sand, Greg Young; Part 1 Global Contexts: Preface to part 1, Deborah Stevenson; Global futures: reflections on culture, diversity and planning for the 21st century, Sophie Watson; A cultural history of modern urban planning, Stephen V. Ward; Culture to creativity to environment - and back again, Toby Miller; Case study window - global cities: governance cultures and urban policy in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Beijing, Peter Newman and Andy Thornley. Part 2 Planning and Its Dimensions: Preface to part 2, Greg Young; A feminist perspective on planning cultures: tacit gendered assumptions in a taciturn profession, Clara Greed; What can planning theory be now? Storytelling and community identity in a tea party moment, James A. Throgmorton; Planning theory and practice in a global context, Vanessa Watson; Case study window - discourse, doctrine and habitus: redevelopment contestation on Sydney's harbour-edge, Glen Searle. Part 3 Culture and Its Dimensions: Preface to part 3, Deborah Stevenson; Culture, planning, citizenship, Deborah Stevenson; The cultural and creative industries, Justin O'Connor; Heritage in planning: using pasts in shaping futures, G.J. Ashworth; Case study window - cultural cluster, capital and cityscape: the cultural economy of Japanese creative cities, Masayuki Sasaki. Part 4 Planning Practices: Preface to part 4, Greg Young; Cultural planning and sustainable development, Graeme Evans; Development, planning and sustainability, Edgar Pieterse; Planning and place identity, Kim Dovey; Case study window - culture in international sustainability practices and perspectives: the experience of the 'slow city movement, Cittaslow', Tuzin Baycan and Luigi Fusco Girard. Part 5 Cultural Practices: Preface to part 5, Deborah Stevenson; Public space and diversity: distributive, procedural and interactional justice for parks, Setha Low; Public spaces: on their production and consumption, Ronan Paddison; The reinvention of place: complexities and diversities, Torill Nyseth; Case study window - cultural quarters and urban regeneration, John Montgomery. Part 6 Cultural and Planning Dynamics: Preface to part 6, Greg Young; Global cultural governance policy, Nancy Duxbury and M. Sharon Jeannotte; 'Cultural planning' and its interpretations, Franco Bianchini; Stealing the fire of life: a cultural paradigm for planning and governance, Greg Young; Case study window - global futures: new opportunities for creative cultural transformation, Jean Hillier. Afterword, Deborah Stevenson; Index.