Note: I will teach this course again in Fall 2021. I will post an updated syllabus by late summer 2021.
Tentative time
Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:20 am
(The Urban Planning Program offers two sections of this course every fall semester. I teach one section, and Prof. Kinder teaches the other.)

Mon & Wed 10:00 am - 11:20 am
(online -- see Canvas for link)

Writing Instructor: Prof. Julie Steiff office hours are by appointment:
GSI: Michael Borsellino

Class tumblr blogs (with images):

public space images
arguments for/against planning
suburban futures

updated:  Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:42 PM

course overview
discussion hour
planning history timeline
remembrances of Planning Scholars
central questions of planning
debates in planning theory
terms and concepts
other theory readings
writing advice
Canvas site (for readings)
MUP student F.A.Q.
study guide

URP 500 Planning Theory (Fall 2020)
Prof. Scott D. Campbell

College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University Of Michigan
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Readings 4 formats:

(1) Canvas [articles in "Modules" (sorted by topic) and in "Files" (sorted A-Z); authentication required]
(2) Ebooks (online books via UM Library; authentication required -- set up a free account -- a rich set of free online books.)
(3) available directly on the www [links provided]
(4) printed texts (several also available via Ebooks)

Note: please email me if you encounter any broken links or missing readings. Thanks!

August September October November December
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intro big ideas urban history/planning history the modern city, suburb, region social justice, race, gender sustainability why plan? planning approaches: traditional and emerging writing for planning cities & complexity   global/future final session


READINGS FOR SEMESTER. [Subject to some updates]
If citation has no online link or is not from an assigned textbook, then the reading is available through Canvas. The reading list includes both required and recommended (optional) texts.


A few readings and links on learning, teaching, writing, graduate school (recommended readings)

Steve Kolowich. 2014. Confuse Students to Help Them Learn. The Chronicle of Higher Education (online). August 14. [link]
on writing, citations & academic integrity [link] see also this Rackham link on academic integrity, their Guide to Campus and Community, and my new MUP student F.A.Q.
UM created the country's first university Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). See, in particular, their useful pages on "student learning."
UM Library Research Guide: Urban and Regional Planning (AAEL Library across the street in the Duderstadt)

Aug 31: Course Introduction

No reading required for this first session.

BIG IDEAS in PLANNING -- How Dense should cities be? Do we need to plan for relocating large populations out of the way of new natural disasters?

Sep 2: The Rise and the Power and Attraction of Big Cities (the shift from the rural to the urban; the meaning and function of cities; the separation of space and community; the persistent economic advantage of cities)

Simmel, Georg. "The Metropolis and Mental Life," in The Sociology of Georg Simmel, translated by Kurt H. Wolff Glencoe: The Free Press, 1950, pp. 409-424.
Mumford, Lewis, ‘What Is a City?’
Webber, Melvin ‘The Post-City Age’
Glaeser, Edward L. "Why Economists Still Like Cities." City Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1996, pp. 70-77.
Lehmann, Nicholas, "Get out of Town: Has the Celebration of Cities Gone to Far?" The New Yorker, Jun 27, 2011

see also (optional readings, not required):
Louis Wirth, ‘Urbanism as a Way of Life’
Gimein, Mark. 2016. Why the High-Cost of Big City Living is Bad for Everyone," The New Yorker, August 25. [link] [also in Canvas]
Kotkin, Joel. 2005. The Urban Future. In LeGates, Richard and Frederic Stout, eds. 2007. The City Reader (4th edition). Routledge.
Buruma, I., & Margalit, A. (2004). Occidentalism : the West in the eyes of its enemies. New York: Penguin Press. (Chapter: "The Occidental City", pp. 13-48.)

the "reading response" questions for each session posted in Canvas "Assignments".

Sep 7: No Class (Labor Day holiday)

Sep 9: Planning & Cities in the Time of COVID-19: do we need to rethink density, clustering, big cities and public spaces in a time of social distancing?

Task for today: Please review an article (scholarly or journalistic) on the urban consequences of the Pandemic. Create a slide on this shared google slide file and be ready to give a one-minute presentation to class. (Be sure to login to your umich account to access editing privileges for the file.) Details on the first slide of the google file. (Note: this task replaces the "reading response" assignment for today.)

Here is a selected list of readings on the subject. We are in the midst of this crisis, which has many possible implications across numerous sectors, so writings on urban consequences are invariably speculative, tentative and not yet vetted by standard scholarly peer-review. Therefore please read with the appropriate skepticism. I have included a selection of texts that seem particularly relevant, substantive and/or from hopefully reliable sources. Unlike other class sessions (where you should read the complete list of 3-4 required readings carefully), I have included a wide range of texts long and short, so please read these texts selectively and then search for readings of your own.

Dixon, Tim. 2020. What impacts are emerging from Covid-19 for urban futures? Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service Team, University of Oxford. (June 8). [link]

United Nations. 2020. Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World. (July). [link]

EIT Urban Mobility (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). 2020. COVID-19: what is happening in the area of urban mobility. (August 7). [link]

Chirisa I, Mutambisi T, Chivenge M, Mabaso E, Matamanda AR, Ncube R. The urban penalty of COVID-19 lockdowns across the globe: manifestations and lessons for Anglophone sub-Saharan Africa [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 27]. GeoJournal. 2020;1-14. doi:10.1007/s10708-020-10281-6. [link]

John Kemp. 2020. Analysis: Megacities Face Great Upheavals as They Seek to Cut Virus Transmission. Insurance Journal. August 13. [link]

Xuemei Bai, Harini Nagendra, Peijun Shi & Haiyan Liu. 2020. Cities: build networks and share plans to emerge stronger from COVID-19. Nature. (Aug 25). [link]

Matthew Haag. 2020 New Yorkers Are Fleeing to the Suburbs: ‘The Demand Is Insane’. The New York Times. Aug 30. [link]

Justin Fox. 2020. The Rise of Work-From-Home Towns. Bloomberg. (Aug 27). [link]

JC Reindl. 2020. Pandemic could put high-profile Detroit construction projects at risk. Detroit Free Press. (Aug 22). [link]

Alex Wittenberg. 2020. How to Design a Post-Pandemic City. Bloomberg (Citilab). (July 14). [link]

Zaheer Allam & David S. Jones. 2020. Pandemic stricken cities on lockdown. Where are our planning and design professionals [now, then and into the future]?, Land Use Policy 97. [link]

[Again, these are a small selection of the MANY readings that have appeared in the last 6 months. Read enough of these to get a sense of the major urban themes and analytical approaches -- good and bad -- to the topic, and then search for your own to complete the above task.]



Sep 14: Leitmotifs in Planning Theory: climate change, "natural" (or unnatural) disasters; urban flooding (both fresh and salty water)

[readings updated Sept 11 -- please let me know if any links broken etc.]

There is an abundance of recent literature on natural disasters, mirroring an unfortunate abundance of floods, hurricanes, wildfires, heatwaves, etc. We will examine the interrelated themes of how humans adapt to changing weather and climate conditions (including spatial, design and migratory strategies); the uneven impact of disasters on diverse populations; the interface between human settlements and wilderness (the "Human Wildlife Interface"), especially when residential settlements push further into remote natural settings; collective vs. individual responses to natural hazards and climate change. Recent examples include: western US wildfires, 2017 flooding in Houston, and rising sea levels in Florida.

Begin with these three articles on the history of air conditioning, on Miami floods, and on the idea of relocating populations:
Arsenault, Raymond. 1984. "The End of the Long Hot Summer: The Air Conditioner and Southern Culture." The Journal of Southern History 50 (4):597-628. [in Canvas]
Kolbert, Elizabeth. 2015. The Siege of Miami. The New Yorker, Dec. 21. (see also: Carolyn Kormann. 2018. Miami faces an underwater future. The New Yorker. July 3.) [also in Canvas]
Christopher Flavelle. 2020. U.S. Flood Strategy Shifts to ‘Unavoidable’ Relocation of Entire Neighborhoods. The New York Times.  Aug 26. 

Please read these three articles on flooding in Houston
Manny Fernandez and Richard Fausset. 2017.    A Storm Forces Houston, the Limitless City, to Consider Its Limits.  The New York Times.  Aug 30. 
Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune and Reveal; Kiah Collier for The Texas Tribune; and Al Shaw and Jeff Larson for ProPublica, Hell and High Water. ProPublica, March 3, 2016. [see also this article as part of the series, "Boomtown, Floodtown"]
Badger, Emily. 2017. Is Houston Still a Model City? Its Supporters Aren't Backing Down. The New York Times, Sep 4.

If you have time, read one or more of these articles on California fires of 2017, 2018 & 2020.
Thomas Fuller and Christopher Flavelle. 2020. A Climate Reckoning in Climate-Striken California. The New York Times. Sept 10.
Anna Wiener. 2020. An Apocalyptic August in California. The New Yorker, Aug 24.
Lisa M. Krieger. 2018. California Wildfires: It’s a people problem. The Mercury News. August 5.
Patrick Michaels, Eric Sagara. 2018. Should development be extinguished on California’s fire-prone hills? Salon. July 9.
Emily Peiffer. 2017. California’s devastating wildfires reveal how urban sprawl can endanger communities. Urban Wire. (The Urban institute). October 27.
Robinson Meyer. 2018. Why the Wildfires of 2018 Have Been So Ferocious. The Atlantic. August 10.
Kendra Atleework. 2018. Power Lines Are Burning the West. The Atlantic. May 25.
Kurtis Alexander. 2018. How 20 major blazes have ignited since 1991. San Francisco Chronicle.

(more optional reading) In case you want to read even more about Houston flooding... (and think about the question: how did Houston "recover" so quickly?)
Katharine Mach and Miyuki Hino. 2017. What Climate Scientists Want You to See in the Floodwaters. The New York Times, Sept. 2. [link]
Bogost, Ian. 2017. Houston's Flood Is a Design Problem. The Atlantic. August 28. [link]
Tracking Harvey's Destructive Path Through Texas and Louisiana. The New York Times. Aug 31, 2017.
Boburg, Shawn, and Reinhard, Beth. 2017. How ‘Wild west’ growth may have contributed to devastating flood in houston. The Washington Post. Aug 30. [link via UM library]
Katz, Jonathan M. 2017. "Who Suffers when Disasters Strike? the Poorest and most Vulnerable." The Washington Post. Sept 1. [link via UM Library]
Penndorf, Jon. 2017. Hurricane Harvey Reinforces Need for Cities to Plan for Disaster Resiliency. The Washington Post. Aug 29. [link via UM Library]
Coy, Peter and Christopher Flavelle. 2017. Harvey Wasn't Just Bad Weather. It Was Bad City Planning. Bloomberg Businessweek. August 31. [link]
Lewis, Roger K. 2017. "Houston's Topography and Ability to Handle Stormwater Play a Role in Flooding." The Washington Post, Aug 31. [link via UM Library]
Lewis, Roger K. 2017. "Blaming Paved Surfaces for Houston's Flooding is Oversimplifying."The Washington Post. Sep 02. [link via UM Library]
Vidal, John. 2017. As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change? The Guardian. [link]
Gabbatt, Adam. 2017. What makes Houston so vulnerable to serious floods? The Guardian. Aug 28.
Krugman, Paul. 2017. Why Can't We Get Cities Right?     The New York Times.  Sep 4.
Vikas Bajaj, Jessia Ma and Stuart A. Thompson. 2017. How Houston's Growth Created the Perfect Flood Conditions. The New York Times, Sep 5.

Finally (even more optional reading -- there is so much out there!)
Lehmann, Nicholas. 2020. "Why Hurricane Katrina Was Not a Natural Disaster?" The New Yorker, Aug 26.
Bill McKibben. 2018. How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet. The New Yorker,November 16.
Davoudi, S., Shaw, K., Haider, L. J., Quinlan, A. E., Peterson, G. D., Wilkinson, C., . . . Davoudi, S. (2012). Resilience: A Bridging Concept or a Dead End? (and related articles) Planning Theory & Practice, 13(2), 299-333. [in Canvas] [provides a useful overview of the idea of resilience and how you might apply it to planning.]


graphic 20TH CENTURY Planning History: from garden cities and City Beautiful to Late modernism & Exurbia

Sep 16: The Garden City as the Marriage of Town and Country (examples: Letchworth, Welwyn, Radburn)

first, read about the garden city in Ebenezer Howard's own words (originally published in 1898 as To-Morrow: a peaceful path to real reform, republished in 1902 as Garden Cities of To-Morrow).
arrowno need to read the entire book -- though short and easy to read -- but do read enough to get a sense of both the goals and the specific features of Garden Cities. (e.g., these sections are a good start: Introduction, I-II, XII-XIII.)

Several sources:

  • the 1902 edition (London, S. Sonnenschein & co., ltd.): HathiTrust link; or at Also try google books link.
  • or the 1965 MIT Press edition. [google book link]
  • or on Ebooks: To-Morrow : A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, Taylor and Francis, 2003. (edited by Sir Peter Hall, , Dennis Hardy, , E. Howard, and Colin Ward)
  • I also uploaded a full-text copy into Canvas

second, read these interpretations/critiques of Howard:, I-II
Hall, Peter.  2002.  Cities of Tomorrow.  (Chs. 1-4)  [eBooks] [We will read Hall's book throughout the semester. A copy is available online via Ebooks, but I highly recommend getting your own copy -- it's a standard text and many used copies available.]
Ruth Eckdish Knack, "Garden Cities"
Garvin, Alexander. 1998. Are Garden Cities Still Relevant? In Revolutionary Ideas in Planning?Proceedings of the 1988 National Planning Conference. Boston: AICP Press.

optional/further reading and context:
a chronology of planning history [useful to follow the sequencing of events, ideas, movements]
Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives (hypertext)
Planned Communities / New Towns (George Mason U.)
Utopia - The Search for the Ideal Society (NY Public Library)
H-Utopia Discussion Group
on Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward
video: "LETCHWORTH - A Potted History" (BBC "One Show", ca. 2009)
Hardy, Dennis. From Garden Cities to New Towns : Campaigning for Town and Country Planning 1899-1946, Taylor and Francis, 1991. [Ebooks]
Buder, Stanley. Visionaries and Planners : The Garden City Movement and the Modern Community, Oxford University Press, 1990.  [Ebooks]
excerpts from Howard at John Reps' great planning history site at Cornell



Sep 21: City Beautiful Movement: Daniel Burnham, the 1893 World Columbian Exposition (Chicago), and the 1909 Plan of Chicago

Hall, Ch. 6 ("City of Monuments") [eBooks]
Wilson, "The Glory, Destruction, and Meaning of the City Beautiful Movement,"

Background information on the Columbian Exposition of 1893:
Encyclopedia of Chicago: World's Columbian Exposition
IIT: The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
University of Virginia: "Idea, Experience, Aftermath"
Gilbert, James Burkhart. 1991. Perfect cities: Chicago's utopias of 1893. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Chapter 4: "First City: Form and Fantasy"

Background information on Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago (including several alternative links to the original 1909 plan):
Encyclopedia of Chicago: The Plan of Chicago • or the HathiTrust version
Commercial Club of Chicago, David Hudson Burnham, Edward H. Bennett, and Charles Moore. 1909. Plan of Chicago. Chicago,: The Commercial Club. [link] • alternative site: Plan of Chicago (1909) "The Burnham Plan"
Smith, Carl. 2006. Plan of Chicago : Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City. Chicago, IL, USA: University of Chicago Press. [Ch 9] [Ebooks]
The Burnham Plan Centennialmultimediathe Plan of Chicago"Make Big Plans" Exhibit [note: this is a great site worth exploring!]
Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago Looks Ahead: 100 Years of Planning, 1909–2009An Online Exhibition of the Plan of Chicago

other background information:
Chicago Public Library: Chicago HistoryChronological history of Chicago (timeline)
UVA's "The Capitol Project:  "City Beautiful" and "the 1901 Plan for Washington, D.C."
Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.  "The City Beautiful,"  The Builder (July 7, 1911):15-17. 
Erik Larson. 2003. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America - Crown Pub. [NOT on reserve, but on the best-seller lists]
for a perspective on contemporary Chicago, see Koval, John P., Bennett, Larry, and Bennett, Michael, eds. New Chicago : A Social and Cultural Analysis. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Temple University Press, 2006. [Ebooks]
Moore, Charles (1921). Daniel H. Burnham, architect, planner of cities. Boston and New York,: Houghton Mifflin company. [link]
Encyclopedia of Chicago • PBS American Experience Series: Chicago - City of the Century • alt link: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 (on the 1893 Fair: start at minute 47:40, through about 1:08:20)

Note: Where is there a piece of the 1893 Columbian Exposition on the UM campus? answer



Sep 23: The Legacy of Modernist Planning and Architecture

Hall, Ch. 7 ("City of Towers") [eBooks]
Le Corbusier, ‘A Contemporary City’
Mumford, Lewis. 1986. "Yesterday's City of Tomorrow." In The Lewis Mumford reader. New York: Pantheon Books.
Wright, Frank Lloyd. 1935. Broadacre City: A New Community Plan. In LeGates, Richard and Frederic Stout, eds. 2007. The City Reader (4th edition). Routledge.
Fishman, Robert. 1982. "Conclusion," in Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century. New York, NY: Basic Books, pp. 265 - 277

see also:
Glazer, Nathan. "The Social Agenda of Architecture," in From a Cause to a Style. Princeton, 2007, pp. 271-292.
Glazer, Nathan. "The Public's Image of the Profession," in The Profession of City Planning: Changes, Images, and Challenges, edited by Lloyd Rodwin and Bishwapriya Sanyal. New Jersey: Center for Urban Policy Research, 2000, pp. 224-230. [citations updated]
James C. Scott, "Authoritarian High Modernism"
Ellin, Nan. 1999. Themes of Postmodern Urbanism. In Postmodern urbanism. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. (excerpt: "Themes of Postmoderm Urbanism")
Loos, Adolf, and Adolf Opel. 1998. Ornament and crime : selected essays, Studies in Austrian literature, culture, and thought. Riverside, Calif.: Ariadne Press. (Chapter: 29: Ornament and Crime).
Sandercock, Leonie, "Mongrel Cities,"
Kaika, Maria, and Erik Swyngedouw. "Fetishizing the Modern City: The Phantasmagoria of Urban Technological Networks." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2000, pp. 120-138.
Harvey, David. 1992. "Social Justice, Postmodernism and the City." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 16 (4):588-601.
Campbell, Scott, "Is 'Progress' No Longer Progressive? Reclaiming the Ideology of Progress in Planning," pdf file
Wampole, Christy. 2012. "How to Live Without Irony," The New York Times, November 17. link [that suggests a link between the post-modern stance and the shortcomings of irony]
Jonathan Glancey. 2015. Is this the Perfect City? History is full of failed attempts to create the ideal town. Is it possible to buck the trend? BBC News. Dec 11. [link]

New York World's Fair (1939): To New Horizons (1940) • The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939)The Shock of the New (Robert Hughes, 1980), Episode 4: Trouble in Utopia (including sections on Philip Johnson, Le Corbusier, the Bauhaus, and Brasilia)


Sep 28: Public Space, Public Interest and Privatization

Margaret Kohn, The Mauling of Public Space.
Tim Love, Urban design after Battery Park City.
Whyte, William H. "The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces," in The Public Face of Architecture: Civic Culture and Public Spaces. New York: Free Press, 1987, pp. 292-310.
Smith, Neil. 2002. "New Globalism, New Urbanism: Gentrification as Global Urban Strategy." Antipode 34 (3):427. [new reading -- in Canvas]
Michael Sorkin, "The End(s) of Urban Design," in Saunders, William S. Krieger, Alex (eds), Urban Design. Minneapolis, US: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. (available both in Ebooks and in Canvas).

CODA: What happens to the design and use of public spaces during a Pandemic? What about our concepts of public safety, density, air movement, being outdoors? a few selected (optional) readings: Innovation Brief: Post Pandemic Public SpacePublic Spaces Weren’t Designed for Pandemics. N.Y.C. Is Trying to Adapt (NYTimes) • 2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic (The Journal of Public Space)How to Design a Post-Pandemic City (CityLab) • The Recovery will Happen in Public Space (Project for Public Spaces)

see also:
Margaret Crawford, Blurring the Boundaries: Public Space and Private Life.
Trevor Boddy, Overhead and Underground.
view the video by William H. Whyte, "Social Life of Small Urban Places," a planning classic and Whyte's narrative is wry and insightful. [link]

please post an image of public space and view images and captions provided by other students. Each student should post at least one image (with caption + source) before Monday's class (Sep 28). [for instructions to log into tumblr, see class email]

The restructuring Metropolis: Urban Debates on Modernism, Urban RENEWAL, Urban Scale and Suburbs

Sep 30 - Oct 5: Two Visions of Postwar American Cities: Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

Sep 30: Robert Moses

Berman, Marshall. "Robert Moses: The Expressway World" and "The 1960s: A Shout in the Street," in All That is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity. New York: Penguin, 1988, pp. 290-329. (excerpt in Canvas) [also available on HathiTrust -- see the section on Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs]
Cleveland Rodgers (1939).  "Robert Moses:  An Atlantic Portrait,"  The Atlantic Monthly.
Pogrebin, Robin. 2007. Rehabilitating Robert Moses. The New York Times. January 23 html
Robert Moses (1962) "Are Cities Dead?"The Atlantic Monthly, January.

optional but recommended:
take a look at this classic biography: Caro, Robert. (1974).The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. New York: Alfred Knopf. [HathiTrust link]
"The World that Moses Built" (1 hour PBS American Experience documentary) [video link]
if available, view some or all of Ric Burns' 9-episode "New York: A Documentary Film" (especially Episode 6 "City of Tomorrow (1929-1941)" and Episode 7 "The City and the World (1945–2000)" cover Robert Moses -- and Jane Jacobs too.)
Gratz, Roberta Brandes. "Introduction," in The Battle for Gotham : New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. New York, US: Nation Books, 2010. [the Ebook access to this text is gone, but here is an alternative link]
[see also the links below to get a richer sense of both Robert Moses and the context of the Moses-Jacobs debate]

Oct 5: Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs.  The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961 (Introduction; Ch. 7, "The Generators of Diversity; Ch. 21, "The kind of problem a city is")
[start with the introduction, which lays out here core argument; Ch 7 focuses on the four elements of diversity: mixed uses, small blocks, a mix of old and new buildings, concentration; and Ch 21 reveals Jacobs fascination with complexity -- both building on earlier work by Warren Weaver and others at the Rockefeller Foundation and anticipating later fascination with viewing cities as complex systems. We will return to the theme of complexity on Nov 18.]

Montgomery, Roger. 1998. "Is There Still Life in The Death and Life?" Journal of the American Planning Association 64 (3):269-274.
"The Metropolis Observed: Jane Jacobs at 81"  Metropolis online (April 1998)  [updated link]
Lloyd Rodwin. 1961. "Neighbors Are Needed " (a review of The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs). New York Times, Nov. 5.

and, to shift from text to video, watch the Jane Jacobs segment of Ric Burns' 9-episode "New York: A Documentary Film": Episode 7 "The City and the World (1945–2000)". Robert Moses enters at minute 30, and Jane Jacobs enters at about 1:25).

for this week, see also:
audio: speeches by Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs (Jacobs vs. Moses in WNYC's History, The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC).
Zipp, Samuel. Manhattan Projects : The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York. Cary, GB: Oxford University Press, USA, 2010. [Ebooks] (see chapters on the United Nations, Stuyvesant Town and Lincoln Square for discussion of Robert Moses)
"Robert Moses & the Modern City" (web site @ Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University)
Whyte, William H. 1987. The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. In The Public Face of Architecture: Civic Culture and Public Spaces, edited by Glazer, Nathan and Lilla, Mark. New York: Free Press.
"Godmother of the American City," Metropolis online (March 2001) [updated link]
Robert Moses:  Cross-Bronx Expressway, Triborough Bridge
Erica Pearson, "The Power Broker Revisited," Gotham Gazette, (August 18, 2003)
"The Godfather of Sprawl," The Atlantic Monthly, May 26, 1999.
1953 interview with Robert Moses (video link)
Nicolai Ouroussoff, 2006. "Outgrowing Jane Jacobs and Her New York," The New York Times, April 30. link
"Time for Some Jane Jacobs Revisionism?" The New York Times, November 1, 2007. link.
Gratz, Roberta Brandes. 2010. Battle for Gotham : New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. New York, NY, USA: Nation Books.
[currently not available]
Schubert, Dirk, ed. 2014. Contemporary Perspectives on Jane Jacobs. Farnham, GB: Ashgate.[Ebooks]
National Trust for Historic Preservation, A Tale of Two Planners: Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses [new link]
Hirt, Sonia, and Zahm, Diane, eds. 2012. The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs. London: Taylor & Francis Group. [EBook link]
Gans, Herbert. 1962, The Death Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs (Book Review) Commentary Feb 1962.


Oct 7: Rethinking Suburbia: the intellectual history of the anti-city/edge city/non-city/new city.

readings to be selected from:
Hall, Cities of Tomorrow (Chs. 3, 9)  [eBooks]
Fishman, Robert. "Bourgeois Utopias: Visions of Suburbia (excerpt from Bourgeois Utopias: the rise and fall of suburbia. New York: Basic Books.).
Rybczynski, Witold. "Country Homes for City People," in City Life. New York: Touchstone / Simon & Schuster, 1995, pp. 173-196.
Cohen, Lizabeth. "Residence: Inequality in Mass Suburbia," in A Consumers' Republic. New York: Vintage, 2003, pp. 194-256.
Brooks, David. "Out for a Drive," in On Paradise Drive. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004, pp. 15-64

see also:
Kunstler, James Howard. "Home From Nowhere." Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 278, No. 3, September 1996.
Talen, Emily, Connecting New Urbanism and American Planning: An Historical Interpretation.
Campanella, T. J. (2008). Concrete Dragon : China's Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World. New York, NY, USA: Princeton Architectural Press. (Ch 7 "Suburbanization and the Mechanics of Sprawl"). [Ebooks]
Fishman, Robert. 2012. New Urbanism, in Sanyal, Bishwapriya, Vale, Lawrence J., and Rosan, Christina, eds. Planning Ideas That Matter : Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press. pp. 333-57. [ Ebooks]
Fishman, Robert. 2002. Global Suburbs.
Robert Lang and Edward Blakely, 2006. SUBURBS: In Search of the Real OC: Exploring the State of American Suburbs. The Next American City. p. 16.
Robert Lang, Thomas Sanchez and Asli Ceylan Oner. 2009. Beyond Edgeless Cities: Office Geography in the New Metropolis. Urban Geography 30, 7, pp. 726–755.
America's new Utopias (The Economist)
New York Times Magazine:   "the Suburban Nation" (April 9, 2000)
Talen, Emily, and Cliff Ellis. 2002. Beyond Relativism: Reclaiming the Search for Good City Form. Journal of Planning Education and Research 22 (1):36-49.
The New York Times. 2010. Redefining What 'Home' Means [room for debate]. Sept. 7.
Congress for the New Urbanism
plus: these books on suburbia are available on Ebooks: Robert Lewis, Manufacturing Suburbs: Building Work and Home on the Metropolitan Fringe; Lang, Robert and Jennifer LeFurgy, Boomburbs : The Rise of America's Accidental Cities; Hanlon, Bernadette, Once the American Dream : Inner-Ring Suburbs of the Metropolitan United States; Beauregard, Robert A. , When America Became Suburban; Bruegmann, Robert, Sprawl : A Compact History; Saunders, William and Robert Fishman, Sprawl and Suburbia : A Harvard Design Magazine Reader.
Klinenberg, Eric (2004). Bourgeois Dystopias. The Nation, 278(25), 40-44. [link; also in Canvas]
Robert Fishman, A Suburban Revolution: Global Suburbs and the Transformation of Urbanism. [Video of keynote address at the Suburban Revolution Conference, York University, Sept. 26, 2013.] [youtube link]
Fishman, Robert. Bourgeois utopias: the rise and fall of suburbia (limited google view)
Jones-Correa, Michael. The Origins and Diffusion of Racial Restrictive Covenants, Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 115 (4) (Winter, 2000-2001), pp. 541-568.
Fishman, Robert, The Fifth Migration.

post your answers to the blog: the future of suburbia


Oct 12: Regional Planning: Social, Environmental and Economic Impulses

Hall, Peter.  2002.  Cities of Tomorrow.      (Chs. 5)  [eBooks]
Fishman, Robert. 2000. "The Death and Life of American Regional Planning." In Reflections on Regionalism, edited by B. Katz. Washington: Brookings Inst (Part ONE, Ch. 4).
Ethan Seltzer, and Armando Carbonell (eds). 2011. Regional Planning in America : Practice and Prospect. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2011. ProQuest Ebook Central, [eBook link]. (Selections: Ch 1: "Planning Regions", Ethan Seltzer, and Armando Carbonell and Ch 4: Planning for Equity, Fighting for Justice: Planners, Organizers, and the Struggle for Metropolitan Inclusion, Manuel Pastor and Chris Benner).

see also:
Mumford, Lewis. 1986. The Ideal Form of the Modern City. In The Lewis Mumford reader. New York: Pantheon Books.
Pastor, Manuel, Benner, Chris, and Matsuoka, Martha. 2010. This Could Be the Start of Something Big : How Social Movements for Regional Equity Are Reshaping Metropolitan America. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. [eBooks]
Ross, Catherine, ed. 2009. Megaregions : Planning for Global Competitiveness. Washington: Island Press. [eBooks] , including Ch 7, “Megaregions and Sustainability” (Campbell).
examples: TVA, National Association of Regional Councils, Regional Plan Association (NY)
syllabus for UP523: Regional Planning

Social Justice and the City: Race, Ethnicity, Diversity, Gender

[Note: This is an understandably large, diverse, contested and dynamic topic -- with far more possible readings and discussion ideas than can fit in several class sessions. (For more in-depth exploration of these topics, see such courses as "Race, Difference, and Social Justice" and "Metropolitan Structure", as well as courses across campus.) There are also many online resources from such groups as APA, ACSP and POCIG (Planners of Color Interest Group within ACSP). Much has been written about the history, causes and contemporary challenges of racial inequality (in housing, employment, transportation, education, etc.), the spatial patterns and dynamics of racial segregation, and the role of planning (including zoning) in either reinforcing or countering these unjust patterns. In these two class sessions, we will focus on two planning-specific topics: the role of race and ethnicity in (1) planning education and in (2) the planning profession.


Oct 14: The Struggle for Diversity in Planning Thought and Practice (Part I: Focus on Planning Education)

June Manning Thomas, "Educating planners: unified diversity for social action", Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1996, 15: 171.

Sweet and Etienne, Commentary, Diversity in Urban Planning Education and Practice, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 2011, 31(3) 332–339.

García, Ivis, April Jackson, Stacy A. Harwood, Andrew J. Greenlee, C. Aujean Lee & Benjamin Chrisinger (2020) “Like a Fish Out of Water: The Experience of African American and Latinx Planning Students”, Journal of the American Planning Association.

Lee, C. A., Chrisinger, B., Greenlee, A. J., Garcia Zambrana, I., & Jackson, A. (2020). Beyond Recruitment: Comparing Experiences of Climate and Diversity between International Students and Domestic Students of Color in U.S. Urban Planning Programs. Journal of Planning Education and Research.


ACSP Statement Following the Killing of George Floyd Friday, June 5, 2020 & Black Faculty Response to the ACSP Statement (June 18) [link]
[see also the links on this page to various reports about climate, diversity and curriculum in planning]
[*Note: ACSP = Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning is the main organization for urban planning scholars/faculty, with its associated journal JPER: Journal of Planning Education and Research; by contrast, the much larger American Planning Association (APA) primarily represents professional planners, and publishes the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA).]

April Jackson, Ivis Garcia-Zambrana, Andrew J. Greenlee, C. Aujean Lee & Benjamin Chrisinger (2018) All Talk No Walk: Student Perceptions on Integration of Diversity and Practice in Planning Programs, Planning Practice & Research, 33:5, 574-595

Goetz, E. G., Williams, R. A., & Damiano, A. (2020). Whiteness and Urban Planning. Journal of the American Planning Association, 86(2), 142-156.

Young, Iris Marion. 2000. Inclusion and democracy, Oxford political theory. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. [selection: pages 87-111 from Ch. 3, "Social Difference as Political Resource"]

the section on "Race, Gender and Diversity" in the Progressive Planning Reader (Planners Network, 2004), pp. 32-48.

Sen, Siddhartha, Karen Umemoto, Vera Zambonelli, Annie Koh. 2017. “Diversity and Social Justice in Planning Education: A Synthesis of Topics, Pedagogical Approaches and Educational Goals in Planning Syllabi.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 37(3): 347-58. [newly added]



Oct 19: The Struggle for Diversity in Planning Thought and Practice (Part II: Focus on Planning Profession/Practice)

[readings updated Oct 17]

Thomas, June Manning. 2008. "The Minority-Race Planner in the Quest for a Just City." Planning Theory 7 (3):227-247.
Umemoto, Karen. 2001. Walking in Another's Shoes: Epistemological Challenges in Participatory Planning. Journal of Planning Education and Research 21 (1):17-31.
Thomas, June Manning. (1994). Planning History and the Black Urban Experience: Linkages and Contemporary Implications. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 14(1), 1-11. doi:10.1177/0739456X9401400101
Thomas, June Manning. (2018). Socially Responsible Practice: The Battle to Reshape the American Institute of Planners. Journal of Planning History, 18(4), 258-281. doi:10.1177/1538513218786007
ACSP Statement Following the Killing of George Floyd Friday, June 5, 2020 & Black Faculty Response to the ACSP Statement (June 18) [link]

see also:

Garcia, I., Garfinkel-Castro, A., & Pfeiffer, D. (2019). Planning With Diverse Communities (Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Report 593), American Planning Association.
Sako Musterd (ed). 2020. Handbook of Urban Segregation, Edward Elgar. [Ebook] [note: this is a new edited volume with a rich array of case studies from around the world. For the US context, see Ch 9: "Racial and economic segregation in the US: overlapping and reinforcing dimensions" by Paul Jargowsky]

Fainstein, Susan S. 2005. "Cities and Diversity: Should We Want It? Can We Plan For It?" Urban Affairs Review 41 (1):3-19.
Loh, C. G., & Kim, R. (2020). Are We Planning for Equity? Journal of the American Planning Association, 1-16.
Fincher, Ruth, and Kurt Iveson. 2012. "Justice and Injustice in the City." Geographical Research 50 (3):231-241.
URP-hosted symposia on Video [via the Taubman College Vimeo channel]: "Planning in a "Post-Racial" Society (?): New Directions and Challenges" (2013)"Sustainability & Social Justice: Conflicting Urgencies" (2012)
ACSP Committee on Diversity • Report on Race, Ethnicity, and Foreign Origin Data for ACSP [link]
Diversity Matters at Michigan (UM site with many useful links, including resources)
Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto (TED Talk, Feb 2006)
Leonardo Vazquez, 2002. "Diversity and the Planning Profession," Planners Network. [link]
ACSP Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG), Survey of Diversity and Minority Faculty Perceptions of Institutional Climate of Planning Schools (Climate Survey), Recommendations Prepared by the POCIG Policy and Advocacy Committee, 2010.
Jargowsky, Paul A. "Sprawl, Concentration of Poverty, and Urban Inequality," in Squires, Gregory D., ed. Urban Sprawl: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Responses. Washington D.C.: The Urban Institute Press. 2002, pp. 39-69.
Sugrue, Thomas. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2005 (reprint). pp.180-229. (Chs. 7 and 8)
Mier, Robert. 1994. Some observations on race in planning. Journal of the American Planning Association. 60. 2 (Spring 1994): 235-240.
Harvey, David. 2009. Social Justice and the City (Revised Edition). Atlanta: University of Georgia Press. [Ebooks]
Freeman, Lance. 2006. There Goes the 'Hood : Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. [Ebooks]
Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack [Canvas] and "Beyond the Backpack" [link]
Chesler, Mark. 1997. Perceptions of Faculty Behavior by Students of Color (CRLT Occasional Paper #7).
an interesting recent "Room for Debate" at the New York Times: "The South's Enduring Conservativism" (October 2, 2012)
Jeffrey S. Lowe. Lack of Diversity in Southern Academia What Can Progressive Planners Do? Progressive Planning, No. 195 (Spring): 6-9. [link]
Trotter, Joe, Tera W. Hunter, and Earl Lewis. 2004. African American Urban Experience : Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present. Gordonsville, VA, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. [Ebooks]

American Planning Association: Equity Diversity Inclusion (with many useful links, including Social Equity Research KnowledgeBase)

The Urban Activist: Racial equity in urban planning reframes future mobility in US cities

Emily Badger. 2020. The Pandemic Has Pushed Aside City Planning Rules. But to Whose Benefit? As bike lanes and cafes sprout on streets, marginalized residents wonder when their priorities will get attention. The New York Times. July 20, 2020. [copy also in Canvas]

Smith, Kendra. 2019. More and Better: Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Planning. PAS Memo (A publication of the Planning Advisory Service of the American Planning Association). [ Canvas]

Hillier, A. E. (2003). Redlining and the Home Owners' Loan Corporation. Journal of Urban History, 29(4), 394-420. [a fascinating article that questions the simple assumption that HOLC maps from the 1930s "caused redlining and disinvestment in U.S. cities by sharing its color-coded maps", and shows how this discrimination in lending patterns predated these maps -- map that were neither widely distributed nor the primary source of information for lenders about risk levels.]


Oct 21: Gender, Equity and the City

Frisch, Michael. 2002. Planning as a Heterosexist Project, Journal of Planning Education and Research 21; 254-66.
Dolores Hayden, Nurturing: Home, Mom and Apple Pie" [now in Canvas]
Micklow, Amanda, Beth Kancilia, Mildred Warner, 2015. "The Need to Plan for Women," Planning with a Gender Lens, Issue Brief, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY [link, also in Canvas]
Okin, Susan Moller, 1997. Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women? Boston Review (October 1). [link]


Ryan, Sherry. 2019. Integrating Gender Mainstreaming into U.S. Planning Practice, American Planning Association. PAS MEMO, November/December.
Parker, B. (2012). Gender, Cities, and Planning: Looking Back and Looking Forward. In R. Crane & R. Weber (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning (pp. 609–633). London: Oxford University Press.
Beebeejaun, Y. (2017). Gender, urban space, and the right to everyday life. Journal of Urban Affairs, 39(3), 323–334. 
Ritzdorf, M. (1995). Feminist contributions to ethics and planning theory. In S. Hendler (Ed.), Planning ethics: A reader in planning theory, practices, and education (pp. 104–119). New Brunswick, N.J.: Center for Urban Policy Research.

see also:

Solnit, Rebecca (2001). "Walking After Midnight: Women, Sex, and Public Place" in Wanderlust : a history of walking. London: Verso.
Spain, Daphne. (2000). How Women Saved the City. Minneapolis, MN, USA: University of Minnesota Press. [Ebooks]
Chant, Sylvia. 2013. Cities through a ''gender lens'': a golden ''urban age'' for women in the global South? Environment and Urbanization 25: 9-29.
Barbara Rahder and Carol Altilia, Where is Feminism in Planning Going? Appropriation or Transformation? Planning Theory, July 2004; vol. 3, 2: pp. 107-116.
Jacqueline Leavitt, Where's the gender in community development? Signs; Autumn 2003; 29, 1; 207-230.
Nussbaum, Martha C.  Women and human development. Ch 1 (selection): “In defense of universal values,” Cambridge University Press, 2000 [Sections I, II, IV:  pp. 39-59; 70-86]
Ann Forsyth, 2001. Sexuality and Space: Nonconformist Populations and Planning Practice, Journal of Planning Literature, Vol. 15, No. 3 (February), 339-58.
Doan, P. and H. Higgins. 2011. "The Demise of Queer Space? Resurgent Gentrification and LGBT Neighborhoods," Journal of Planning Education and Research. 31, 1: 6-25.
Massey, Doreen B. 1999. Space, Place, and Gender. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. [Ebooks]
Gwendolyn Wright, Women's Aspirations and the Home: Episodes in American Feminist Reform. [link]
United Nations. Womenwatch: Gender Equality and Sustainable Urbanisation. Fact Sheet.
and a fascinating story about gender identity and the ability to go out in public places: Jenny Nordberg, "The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys," The Atlantic, 8 Sep 2014). [link]. see also NPR "here and now": Afghan Girls Raised In Boys' Clothing. link.



Oct 26: Theorizing the Sustainable City

Campbell, Scott. 1996. "Green Cities, Growing Cities?  Ecology, Economics and the Contradictions of Urban Planning,"Journal of the American Planning Association.
Campbell, Scott. 2016. The Planner's Triangle Revisited: Sustainability and the Evolution of a Planning Ideal That Can't Stand Still, Journal of the American Planning Association, 82-4, 388-397
Hayward, Steven F. "A Sensible Environmentalism." Public Interest, Vol. 151, No. Spring, 2003, pp. 62-74.
Marcuse, Peter. 1998. Sustainability is not enough. Planners Network May (129):1-10.

see also:

Beatley, Timothy. 2012. Sustainability in Planning: The Arc and Trajectory of a Movement, in Sanyal, Bishwapriya, Vale, Lawrence J., and Rosan, Christina, eds. Planning Ideas That Matter : Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press. pp. 333-57. [Ebooks]
Campbell, Scott. Sustainable Development and Social Justice:  Conflicting Urgencies and the Search for Common Ground in Urban and Regional Planning (Michigan Journal of Sustainability, Vol 1, 2013)
Campbell, Scott. “Unsustainability as a Chronic, Manageable Disease? Alternatives to Sustainability-as-Equilibrium,” paper presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference, Oct 22 – 25, 2015, Houston, TX.
Thomas L. Daniels (2009): A Trail Across Time: American Environmental Planning From City Beautiful to Sustainability, Journal of the American Planning Association, 75:2, 178-192
Swyngedouw, E. and N.C. Heynen, 2003. Urban Political Ecology, Justice and the Politics of Scale. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. 35(5): 898-918.
Eric J. Heikkila (2011): Environmentalism with Chinese Characteristics? Urban River Revitalization in Foshan, Planning Theory & Practice, 12:01, 33-55

Rosenbloom, Sandra. 2016. "Celebrating a Special Anniversary: A Time for Reflection." Journal of the American Planning Association 82 (4):371-373. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2016.1216221.
Schweitzer, Lisa E. 2016. "Tracing the Justice Conversation After "Green Cities, Growing Cities"." Journal of the American Planning Association 82 (4):374-379. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2016.1214538.
Berke, Philip. 2016. "Twenty Years After Campbell's Vision: Have We Achieved More Sustainable Cities?" Journal of the American Planning Association 82 (4):380-382. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2016.1214539.
Moore, Steven A. 2016. "Testing a Mature Hypothesis: Reflection on "Green Cities, Growing Cities, Just Cities: Urban Planning and the Contradiction of Sustainable Development"." Journal of the American Planning Association 82 (4):385-388. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2016.1213655.
Hirt, Sonia A. 2016. "The City Sustainable: Three Thoughts on "Green Cities, Growing Cities, Just Cities"." Journal of the American Planning Association 82 (4):383-384. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2016.1213656.
Low, Nicholas and Brendan Gleeson. 1998. Justice, society, and nature: an exploration of political ecology. London; New York: Routledge. (Ch. 5 "Environmental Justice: Distributing Environmental Quality," pp. 102-132).

and for an extensive reading list, please see the syllabus for URP 532: Sustainability and Social Change (that I will teach again in Winter 2021).


Core Questions: Should we plan? How should we plan?

Oct 28 - Nov 2: Arguments for and Against Planning

Oct 28:
Richard E. Foglesong, "Planning the Capitalist City"
Richard Klosterman.   "Arguments for and Against Planning"
Garrett Hardin, 1968. The Tragedy of the Commons. Science, Vol. 162 no. 3859, pp. 1243-1248 [link]

see also:
Robert Axelrod; William D. Hamilton, 1981. The Evolution of Cooperation, Science, New Series, Vol. 211, No. 4489. (Mar. 27, 1981), pp. 1390-1396.
Alexander, Ernest R. 2004. Capturing the Public Interest : Promoting Planning in Conservative Times. Journal of Planning Education and Research 24:102.
Ostrom, Elinor. (2009). A General Framework for Analyzing Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems. Science, 325(5939), 419-422. [Ostrom did fascinating and compelling work on strategies for groups to manage common pool resources and avoid the tragedy of the commons.]

Nov 2:
Campbell, Heather and Robert Marshall, "Utilitarianism’s Bad Breath? A Re-evalution of the Public Interest Justification for Planning."
Peter Gordon, "Plan Obsolescence", Reason, 1998. [ link] [a copy also in Canvas]
Friedrich Hayek, 1945. The Use of Knowledge in Society. American Economic Review, XXXV, No. 4; September, 519-30. [ Canvas]

see also:
Lai, L. W. C. (2014). “As planning is everything, it is good for something!” A Coasian economic taxonomy of modes of planning. Planning theory, 15(3), 255-273.
Lennon, M. (2020). Planning as Justification. Planning Theory & Practice, 1-5.
Lai, L. W. C. (1999). Hayek and Town Planning: A Note on Hayek's Views towards Town Planning in The Constitution of Liberty. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 31(9), 1567-1582.
Sternberg, E. (1993). Justifying Public Intervention without Market Externalities: Karl Polanyi's Theory of Planning in Capitalism. Public Administration Review, 53(2), 100-109.
Fontenot, A. (2015). Notes Toward a History of Non-Planning: On design, the market, and the state. Places(January). [link]
Harvey, David. "On Planning the Ideology of Planning," in The Urbanization of Capital: Studies in the History and Theory of Capitalist Urbanization.
Peter Gordon, Hayek and Cities: Guidelines for Regional Scientists ; The Sprawl Debate : Let Markets Plan [Adobe PDF Format]
Harper, Thomas L., and Stanley M. Stein. 1995. Out of the Postmodern Abyss: Preserving the Rationale for Liberal Planning. Journal of Planning Education and Research 14 (4):233-244.
Terry Moore (1978): Why Allow Planners to Do What They Do? A Justification from Economic Theory, Journal of the American Institute of Planners, 44:4, 387-398. [newly added]
Banham, R., Barker, P., Hall, P., & Price, C. (1969). Non-Plan: an experiment in freedom. New society, 13, 338.
Brinkley, C. (2020). Hardin’s imagined tragedy is pig shit: A call for planning to recenter the commons. Planning Theory, 19(1), 127-144.
Adams, D., & Tiesdell, S. (2010). Planners as Market Actors: Rethinking State–Market Relations in Land and Property. Planning Theory & Practice, 11(2), 187-207.
see also the literature on cities as self-organizing systems (and related ideas), such as Alain Bertaud's Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities [review]

class blog theme: arguments for/against planning [read and add your own text and/or visual entry]


Nov 4 - 9: How should we plan? Traditional Approaches (Comprehensive, Incremental, Advocacy, Strategic, Equity)

Nov 4:
Fainstein, Susan S. 2005. "Planning Theory and the City." Journal of Planning Education and Research 25 (2):121-130. doi: 10.1177/0739456x05279275.
Altshuler, Alan. 1965. "The Goals of Comprehensive Planning." Journal of the American Institute of Planning 31:186-94.
Lindblom, Charles E. 1959. "The Science of Muddling Through." Public Administration Review 19 (Spring):79-88.
Davidoff, Paul. 1965. "Advocacy and Pluralism in Planning." Journal of the American Institute of Planners 31 (4):544-555.

Nov 9:
Kaufman, Jerome L., and Harvey M. Jacobs. 1987. "A Public Planning Perspective on Strategic Planning." Journal of the American Planning Association 53:23-33.
Krumholz, Norman. 1982. "A Retrospective View of Equity Planning: Cleveland, 1969-1979." Journal of the American Planning Association 48 (Spring):163-83.
Fainstein, Susan S. and Norman Fainstein "City Planning and Political Values:An Updated View," in Readings in Planning Theory, 1st ed., edited by Campbell,Scott and Fainstein, Susan S. Cambridge: Blackwell, 1996
American Institute of Certified Planners, Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. [ link for the current versions]

By today, each student should select one planning style on this google doc [LINK] (forming groups of 4-5 students for each style).

see also:

"Special Report: 21st Century Comprehensive Plan," Planning (the Magazine of the American Planning Association), March 2016, pp. 14-31.
Reinventing the General Plan: A Project of the California Planning Roundtable (With support from the American Planning Association, California Chapter)
Henry Mintzberg. 1994. The Fall and Rise of Strategic Planning. Harvard Business Review. Jan-Feb. [link]

click for larger image


Nov 11: How should we plan? Recent Alternative Approaches (including Communicative Action)

Healey, Patsy. 2012. Communicative Planning: Practices, Concepts, and Rhetorics, in Sanyal, Bishwapriya, Vale, Lawrence J., and Rosan, Christina, eds. Planning Ideas That Matter : Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press. pp. 333-57. [Ebooks]
Forester, John. "Learning from Practice Stories: The Priority of Practical Judgment," in The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning, edited by Frank Fischer and John Forester. Durham/London: Duke, 1993, pp. 186-209.
Bent Flyvbjerg, Bringing Power to Planning Research: One Researcher's Praxis Story.
Flyvbjerg, Bent and Tim Richardson.  2002.  "Planning and Foucault: in Search of the Dark Side of Planning Theory,” in Planning Futures: New Directions for Planning Theory. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 44-62.
Pennington, Mark. "A Hayekian Liberal Critique of Collaborative Planning," in Planning Futures: New Directions for Planning Theory. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 187-205.
Campanella, Thomas. 2011. "Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning." Places (April). [link, also in Canvas]

BEFORE CLASS, Each group should add their answers to the collectively-authored google docs table of planning styles [LINK]
also: hand-out for in-class exercise/role-playing on styles of planning applied to a brownfield adaptive-reuse scenario [link]

see also:
Klosterman, Richard E. 2013. Lessons learned about planning. Journal of the American Planning Association 79, no 2: 161-69.
Brooks, Michael P. 2002. Planning Theory for Practitioners (Ch. 9: "Decentralized Non-Rationality: the Planner as Communicator), APA Press. [new addition]
Charles J. Hoch, 2007. Pragmatic Communicative Action Theory. Journal of Planning Education and Research; 26; 272.
Patsy Healey, Traditions of Planning Thought.
Frank Fischer, Public Policy as Discursive Construct: Social Meaning and Multiple Realities.
Judith E. Innes & David E. Booher (2004): Reframing public participation: strategies for the 21st century, Planning Theory & Practice, 5:4, 419-436


click to run your own google ngram of planning styles ( add your own search terms)

FINAL TASK FOR THIS MODULE ON PLANNING STYLES: please complete this short survey on planning styles and ethical questions (see email for link, to be posted)

The Planner As AUthor

Nov 16: Writing for Planning: Strategies, Genres, Audiences (Prof. Julie Steiff)

Note: these two short readings are contained in a single file ("Macris, Planning in Plain English") in Canvas. Please also read the instructions for Essay 3 (the memo assignment).

Macris, Natalie. 2000. Planning in plain English : writing tips for urban and environmental planners. Chicago, Ill.: Planners Press : American Planning Association. (Introduction; Chapters 1-2, pp. 3-14).

Alred, Gerald J., Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu. 2006. Handbook of technical writing. Eighth ed. New York: St. Martins Press. (pp. 325-9, on memo writing).

Please also read the sample memo in the Canvas site (URP 500 Sample Memo.pdf).

[Note: no reading response question for today.]


optional readings:

Becker, Howard S. "Freshman English for Graduate Students," in Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1986, pp. 1-25.

see also the instructor's page on Advice for Better Academic Writing


Nov 18: Cities and Complexity: Applying Complex Systems Thinking to Urban Planning

Lehrer, Jonah, 2010, A Physicist Solves the City (The New York Times)
Bettencourt and West, A unified theory of urban living, Nature
Rittel, Horst W.J., and Melvin M. Webber. 1973. Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning. Policy Sciences 4:155-169.
Zellner, Moira L, and Scott D. Campbell. 2015. "Planning for Deep-Rooted Problems: What Can We Learn from Aligning Complex Systems and Wicked Problems?" Planning Theory and Practice 16 (4):457-478.
Zellner, Moira, and Scott Campbell. 2020. "Planning with(in) Complexity: Pathways to Extend Collaborative Planning, Incremental Planning, and Big Data with Complex System Modeling." In Handbook on Planning and Complexity, edited by Gert de Roo, Claudia Yamu and Christian Zuidema. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

see also:
Miller, John H., and Scott E. Page. 2007. Complex adaptive systems : an introduction to computational models of social life, Princeton studies in complexity. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. (Chapters 1 and 2) [Ebook]
Bettencourt, Luís M. A., José Lobo, Deborah Strumsky, Geoffrey B. West, 2010, Urban Scaling and Its Deviations: Revealing the Structure of Wealth, Innovation and Crime across Cities, PLoS ONE ( 1 November 2010 | Volume 5 | Issue 11 | e1354.
Van der Leeuw, S. E. . 2004. "Why Model?" Cybernetics and Systems 35 (2-3):117-128.
Zellner, Moira L. 2008. "Embracing Complexity and Uncertainty: The Potential of Agent-Based Modeling for Environmental Planning and Policy." Planning Theory & Practice 9 (4):437-457.
Page, Scott E. 2010. Diversity and Complexity. Princeton: Princeton University Press. [Ebook]

Also: we will set aside some time to select the theme for the "student choice" class session on Dec. 2. Add your ideas here on this google sheet.


Nov 23-25: No class (Thanksgiving Week Break)


Changing Cityscapes & Future Challenges to Urban Planning: Globalization & PostColonial Thinking

Nov 30: Theory goes Global: Global Cities, Megacities, Informational Society and the Emergence of Alternative Planning Theories

[readings updated]

Miraftab, F. 2009. Insurgent Planning: Situating Radical Planning in the Global South. Planning Theory8(1), 32–50. 

Watson, V. 2014. African urban fantasies: dreams or nightmares? Environment and Urbanization26(1), 215–231.  

Robinson, Jennifer. 2006. Ordinary cities: between modernity and development. London ; New York: Routledge. (Introduction, Chs. 1, 2, 4).

Roy, Ananya. 2005. Urban Informality: Toward an Epistemology of Planning. Journal of the American Planning Association; Spring 2005; 71, 2,: 147-158.


see also:
Saskia Sassen, The Global City: Strategic Site/New Frontier.
John Friedmann, Reflections on Place and Place-Making in the Cities of China.
Packer, George. 2006. The Megacity: a Reporter at Large. The New Yorker 82 (37), Nov 13: 64-75.
[interesting contemporary contrast to Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives and Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working-Class in England]
Ward Steven, Reexamining the International Diffusion of Planning.
Oren Yiftachel, Re-engaging Planning Theory? Towards 'South-Eastern' Perspectives.
Watson, Vanessa(2003) 'Conflicting rationalities: implications for planning theory and ethics', Planning Theory & Practice, 4:4, 395-407.
Peter Evans, Political Strategies for More Livable Cities.
Yang Zheng and Ke Fang, Is history repeating itself? Urban Renewal in the United States to Inner-City Redevelopment in China.
Michael Peter Smith, Transnationalism and Citizenship.
Ha-Joon Chang, The Economic Theory of the Developmental State.
The Guardian: The rise of megacities – interactive [link]
Zhao, Pengjun. 2015. "The evolution of the urban planning system in contemporary China: an institutional approach." International Development Planning Review 37 (3):269-287.
Beard, V. A. (2002). Covert Planning for Social Transformation in Indonesia. Journal of Planning Education and Research22(1), 15–25.  
Appadurai, A. 2001. Deep democracy: urban governmentality and the horizon of politics. Environment and Urbanization, 13(2), 23–43.

and see the URP700 (Advanced Urban Theory) blog: Visualizing the Global/National/Local
see also the work of the Global Planning Educators Interest Group

Dec 2: Two Student Choice Themes - (1) Gentrification (guest speaker: Michael Borsellino); (2) Planning for Indigenous Communities (guest speaker: Taru)

Two readings for each of the two topics:

Shaw, Kate. “Gentrification: What It Is, Why It Is, and What Can Be Done about It.” Geography Compass, vol. 2, no. 5, Wiley, 2008, pp. 1697–728.
Marcuse, Peter. “Gentrification, Social Justice and Personal Ethics.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 39, no. 6, 2015, pp. 1263–69.

Planning for Indigenous Communities:
Libby Porter, Hirini Matunga, Leela Viswanathan, Lyana Patrick, Ryan Walker, Leonie Sandercock, Dana Moraes, Jonathan Frantz, Michelle Thompson-Fawcett, Callum Riddle & Theodore (Ted) Jojola (2017) Indigenous Planning: from Principles to Practice/A Revolutionary Pedagogy of/for Indigenous Planning/Settler-Indigenous Relationships as Liminal Spaces in Planning Education and Practice/Indigenist Planning/What is the Work of Non-Indigenous People in the Service of a Decolonizing Agenda?/Supporting Indigenous Planning in the City/Film as a Catalyst for Indigenous Community Development/Being Ourselves and Seeing Ourselves in the City: Enabling the Conceptual Space for Indigenous Urban Planning/Universities Can Empower the Next Generation of Architects, Planners, and Landscape Architects in Indigenous Design and Planning, Planning Theory & Practice, 18:4, 639-666. [NOTE: this is an "Interface" collection of short essays by many authors, hence the very long citation.]
Boamah, E. F., & Amoako, C. (2020). Planning by (mis)rule of laws: The idiom and dilemma of planning within Ghana’s dual legal land systems. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space38(1), 97–115.

supplemental readings on Gentrification:

Brown-Saracino, Japonica. 2010. The Gentrification Debates : A Reader. London: Taylor & Francis Group. [eBooks]
Smith, Neil. 1996. The New Urban Frontier : Gentrification and the Revanchist City. Florence: Taylor & Francis Group. [eBooks]
Freeman, Lance. 2005. There Goes the Hood : Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. [eBooks]
Angotti, Tom. 2008. New York for Sale : Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate. Cambridge: MIT Press. [eBooks]
Mallach, Alan. 2018. The Divided City : Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America. Chicago: Island Press. [eBooks]
Schwarz, Benjamin. 2010. Gentrification and Its Discontents: Manhattan never was what we think it wasThe Atlantic, May 11.
Peter Moskowitz. 2015. The two Detroits: a city both collapsing and gentrifying at the same time. The Guardian. Feb 5. [link]
Lisa Bates. 2013. Gentrification and Displacement Study: implementing an equitable inclusive development strategy in the context of gentrification. Commissioned by City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. May 18. [link].
Hwang, Jackelyn. “Gentrification without Segregation? Race, Immigration, and Renewal in a Diversifying City.” City & Community, vol. 19, no. 3, 2020, pp. 538–72.

supplemental readings on Planning for Indigenous Communities:

Libby Porter, Louise Clare Johnson, Sue Jackson. 2018. Indigenous communities are reworking urban planning, but planners need to accept their history. The Conversation. [link]
Paul Daley. 2016. Can Indigenous culture ever coexist with urban planning? The Guardian. Nov 21. [link]
Canadian Institute of Planners. Indigenous Planning.
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Urban Indigenous Peoples and Migration: Challenges and Opportunities
Tribal & Indigenous Planning Interest Group of APA [info link]
Kara Puketapu-Dentice, Sean Connelly and Michelle Thompson-Fawcett. 2017. Towards integrating Indigenous culture in urban form. justice spatiale | spatial justice.
Jojola, T. (2008). Indigenous Planning—An Emerging Context. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 17(1), 37-47


The Final Week

Dec 7: Synthesis, Brief Presentations + Discussion/Reflection

This last session will provide an opportunity to reflect on your encounters with planning theory (its texts, ideas and authors) and to identify the key themes and debates of planning theory.

TASK: Each student is to prepare a concise, insightful distillation of what have been, for you, the most important or resonant (or disconcerting) lessons/principles/ideas/themes in your encounters planning theory. (I welcome a range of approaches: typologies of theories; critiques; a focus on the dominant ideas; a focus on silences and biases in conventional planning theory; a focus on the past, present and/or future of planning theory; the challenges of linking theory and practice; etc). I encourage you to be rigorous and creative.

You are to prepare two items:

1. a slide to be shared with the class on this shared google slide file. Consider various formats, including diagrams, maps, tables, illustrations, a numbered list. Use supplementary text where appropriate to elaborate specific ideas/points. (Be careful not to delete or edit another student’s slide. One strategy: create a separate google slide file; edit and refine that slide; and then, when complete, insert that slide into this file.) [link to shared google slide file]

2. a brief, 1-2 minute oral presentation that concisely highlights your central points. Note:  If you will not be able to join the class live with us, please still upload your slide and then add an audio narration to the slide.

Note: you may find this study guide a useful guide.

[note: these instructions are the same as those listed on the class assignment web page.]

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