Series A - Exploring foundations for planning theory

Contact Editor:

Dr. Verena Peer: MODUL University, Vienna, Austria

ubject line: Attention Verena Peer, Series A

Series A Description and structure

This series is particularly interested in the trans-disciplinary nature of planning theory: debates, ideas, visions and their critical reflections. Many thinkers from outside the planning discipline, for example: philosophy and general sciences, have influenced and implicated the development of planning theory and practice. These thinkers have thus helped to introduce a different perspective, which is developed through a dynamic synergy of accumulative knowledge between disciplines. This series thus aims to provide an introduction to these philosophies, theories, ideas and thinkers for students, academics and practitioners in planning. It considers an in-depth explanation of these theories and ideas as well as their impact on planning. The narration is sustained by cases and examples. It thus presents an interactive reading space that reflects on the cross-disciplinary discussions between planning and other disciplines like philosophy.  

Furthermore, this series provides an arena for Young Academics (YA) and Professional Planners (PP) to interact, discuss and write about the development of planning theory. The structure of series A thus constitutes two main scripts per topic. The first invites a Professional academic Planner (PP) to introduce the topic/ thinker’s contribution to planning theory and planning. The second thus invites the Young Academic author (YA) to read this script, and re-approach the PP, the thinker involved or one of his keynote authors in the other discipline, and others – relevant to each topic – through interviews and thus write another script. The YA is accordingly, expected to develop a counter argument through the involvement of the others’ ideas. And the PP is anticipated to reflect, underline and elaborate this argument, which would help highlighting the nature of planning. Accordingly, this series establishes an interactive reading that reflects on the trans-disciplinary planning debate in theory and practices, through the introduction of influential thinkers who were associated with the discipline of planning.

Series A Publications

-        Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari for planners - Jean Hillier in conversation with Gareth Abrahams - Author(s): Jean Hillier (RMIT, Australia) and Gareth Abrahams (Cardiff University, UK) – March 2014

Works in Progress
forthcoming 2015

-        Jacques Lacan for Planners - Author(s): Michael Gunder (University of Auckland, New zealand) and Henk-Jan Kooij (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

-        Pragmatism for Planners - Author(s): Charles Hoch (University of Illinois, USA) and Jurgen Utz (University of Stuttgart, Germany)

-        Latour for Planners - Author(s): Jonathan Metzger (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) and Anna Hult (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Series A currently has an open call for YA authors who would like to collaborate with one of the following renowned academics who have already demonstrated their willingness to contribute to Conversations in Planning:

– DeLanda: Joris van Wezemael

Fibonnaci to Mandelbrot: Gert de Roo

Foucault: John Ploger

Habermas: John Forester

Laclau and Mouffe: Steve Griggs

Latour (actor networks): Luuk Boelens

Lindblom: Alessandro Balducci

Popper: Nigel Taylor

Ranciere: Erik Swyngedouw

Schumpeter: Frank Moulaert

Wittgenstein: Jon Pugh

If you are interested in pursuing one of the above-mentioned projects as part of this series please contact the series editor directly. 

Guidelines for PP Authors (first author)

The PP is expected to: -

-        provide approx. 10.000 words on the thinker/ idea in discussion and its impact on planning;

-        Assist the YA with a list of relevant interviewee that helps to further develop the argument

-        Read through the final script as introduced by YA

Guidelines for YA Authors

The YA is expected to: -

-        Read the script provided by the PP;

-        Arrange, conduct and record interviews with PP, and others ;

-        Write approx. 10,000 words on the topic based on these interviews

-        Develop final script in co-operation with PP