Planning Theories


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The AESOP TG Planning Theories offers space for academic conversations on plural theories about spatial planning. We appreciate planning theories as an unfinished project. We want to understand the strategies and dynamics of theory-building. We promote the use of social, economic, political, legal, philosophical, or other theories in planning theories. We wish to understand the criteria adequate for assessing the quality of planning theories. 

The TG’s main aims are: 

    • unfolding the different meanings of ‘planning’ as object and subject of planning theories
    • contributing to a better understanding of the interconnections between planning practices, planning theories, and planning academia
    • understanding the strategies and dynamics of theory-building in planning theories 

Coordinated by: Prof. Dr. Benjamin Davy