The latest edition of the RTPI’s journal Planning Theory and Practice (volume 17, issue 2), is out now.
In the editorial, John Forester discusses the role of planning ‘contexts’ in policy and practice. Following this, Kevin Muldoon-Smith opens up questions of recent British policy changes regarding adaptive reuse, in particular the conversion of office buildings into residential accommodations. Jean-David Gerber looks at Swiss efforts to introduce efficiency measures of “New Public Management” into land use planning contexts. Kathryn L. Howell discusses planning for empowerment, looking at planning for affordable housing in the face of gentrification in Washington. Lily Song looks at community-based development to tackle poverty and to train the local workforce to retrofit buildings to make them ‘greener’ in Los Angeles and Cleveland. Beau B. Beza examines the promise of deliberative place-making strategies – i.e. relying on local knowledge as well as expert knowledge – in Australia and Nepal.
In the Interface section, Mark Scott and Mick Lennon argue for an ecological turn in planning practice, with climate change being only one of the more obvious reasons for us all to rethink the actual “context” of planning. In a series of papers ranging from protecting biodiversity, recognizing eco-system services, enabling brownfield to greenspace conversion, to anticipating climate change vulnerability, these authors challenge any vision of planning that pretends that nature is a mere backdrop to what we do.
Finally, Andreas Faludi gives a comment piece on European Union territorial cohesion, and Catherine Flinn Goldie reviews Alternative Visions of Post-War Reconstruction: Creating the modern townscape.
Read the latest edition of Planning Theory and Practice now.