What left account can we give of British planning in recent decade(s)? I just spent an enjoyable but challenging time with a norwegian graduate student, Stale Holgersen, who has been in London studying King’s Cross and asked me this question. He has come across a lot of optimistic writing about “communicative planning” but not much else. We had a couple of hours (and a couple pints of Guiness) but I could not come up with much for him.
Can anyone help to paint the picture?? I felt very ignorant (and a bit self-centred / loneley) so do please help.
This is the email I constructed while we spoke.
in north america there is Planners Network since 1965+or-. Now we are starting a local counterpart
There really is not much critical / radical work on Planning in the UK since Ambrose and Colenutt etc
there was a book “the crisis of london” in 1990s
Thornley, A, Ed. (1992) The Crisis of London London, Routledge, which was fairly good.
Byrne, D (1995) ‘Radical geography as ‘mere political economy’: the local politics of space’ Capital and Class 56: 117 -138
On the state – bob jessop’s work, but not much connected with urban questions.
Then we got on to discussing London and the particular importance of real-estate capital (not just financial) in exercising hegemony over planning ideas for the capital. I suggested…
Coakley, J (1994) ‘The integration of property and financial markets’ Environ. Plan. A 26: 697-713,
and he must have written other things since then.
Edwards, M (2000) ‘Property markets and the production of inequality’ in A Companion to the City Eds. S. Watson and G. Bridge. Oxford & Malden MA, Blackwell, 599-608, 0 631 21052 0
Edwards, M (2001) ‘Planning & Communication in London’ CITY 5(1): 91-100,
includes a part on how financial and real estate interests became so dominant in london plANNINg between 1985 (GLC) and 2000 (GLA)
Edwards, M (2006) ‘What if the next London Plan were better?’ Planning in London
Maybe the best writer on urban issues from a marxist point of view
– but now a green politician in the EP
Lipietz, A (1977) Le capital et son éspace Paris, François Maspero
Lipietz, A (1985) ‘A Marxist approach to urban ground rent: the case of France’ in Land rent, housing and urban planning: a European perspective Eds. M. J. Ball, V. Bentivegna, M. Edwards and M. Folin. London, Croom Helm, 129-155
Lipietz, A (1992) Towards a New Economic Order: Post-Fordism, Ecology and Democracy, Oxford, Polity Press, 0-7456-0866-3,
Lipietz, A (1995) ‘Avoiding megapolization: the battle of Ile-de-France’ European Planning Studies 3(2): 143-154
italian who wrote thesis on King’s Cross:
richard wolff in zurich who wrote a phd on KX
Wolff, R, 1999 Popular Planning in King’s Cross, London: Kommunikative Vernunft im Stadtentwicklungsprozess, PhD Thesis, ETK Zürich
Paloscia, R and INURA, Eds. (2004) The contested metropolis: six cities at the beginning of the 21st century Basel, Birkhäuser, and see Simon Parker Review in CITY 9, 3 2005
INURA, Ed. (1998) Possible Urban Worlds: urban strategies at the end of the 20th century Basel, Birkhäuser Verlag, 3 7643 5986 2