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The Urban Book Series

Essential Methods for Planning Practitioners

Skills and Techniques for Data Analysis, Visualization, and Communication

Authors: Ramasubramanian, Laxmi, Albrecht, Jochen

  • Bridges planning theory and practice in an innovative and engaging way
  • Provides planning information in a manner that is accessible and jargon-free
  • Links quantitative and qualitative research methods 
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-68041-5
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Hardcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-68040-8
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About this book

This book assembles and organizes a selected range of methods and techniques that every planning practitioner should know to be successful in the contemporary global urban landscape. The book is unique because it links different aspects of the planning/policy-making enterprise with the appropriate methods and approaches, thus contextualizing the use of specific methods and techniques within a sociopolitical and ethical framework. This volume familiarizes readers with the diverse range of methods, techniques, and skills that must be applied at different scales in dynamic workplace environments where planning policies and programs are developed and implemented. This book is an invaluable resource in helping new entrants to the planning discourse and profession set aside their own disciplinary biases and empowering them to use their expert knowledge to address societal concerns. 

About the authors

Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College in New York. She earned her bachelors degree and her first masters in Architecture at the University of Madras in India, her second masters in City Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her PhD in Architecture and Environment-Behavior Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her research specializations include participatory planning, sustainable community development, Geographic Information Science (GIS) and urban visualization.
Dr. Jochen Albrecht is a Professor for Computational and Theoretical Geography at Hunter College in New York. He earned his bachelors and masters in geography at University of Hamburg, and his PhD in Geographic Information Science at University of Vechta in Germany. His recent research includes spatial regression modeling of drivers of global greenhouse gas emissions, behavioral modeling of environmental stressors in New York City, and principles of GIS program management.

Reviews

“Often I have wished for a resource that students could use to understand a concept, method or tool and then engage with the literature. This book does that!   My students are engineers, public policy analysts and disaster scientists but they all need to plan. They plan what our physical infrastructure will look like, they use planning tools to understand and quantify the impacts of policies and they plan for disasters. They must engage with communities, they need to use data and information, and they need to communicate information.  Each chapter and section provides nuggets of information that tell them about context, the gist of a process, procedure or tools, examples to illustrate the nuggets, and strategies to implement the plans. Theory meets practice and practice meets theory in this engaging narrative. Thank you! I look forward to using this as a resource and a text.” (Sue McNeil, Chair and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware)

“If I were a new student coming out of a planning program, this book would be an excellent addition to my library. It will be very useful to young planning professionals, but more so to any professional who wants to use data to communicate complex issues and bring disparate audiences together to resolve important issues. The role of the planner as bridge builder and problem solver in the public realm is a theme that this book takes seriously; it offers practical guidance to planners who aspire to serve in this role.” (Ms. Judy Colby George, GISP, Independent Planning Consultant)

“Professors Ramasubramanian and Albrecht advocate a specific approach to professional planning that strives to balance the social justice goals of advocacy planning with the real-world constraints of planners’ jobs – especially those new to the profession. This book will be valuable for both new planners and those well into their careers.  It is well organized as a reference volume, but doesn’t provide glib or condensed discussions of difficult topics.  Rather, challenging subject matter and situations are thoughtfully explored to provide substantive guidance. Highly recommended!” (Ms. Anna Slatinsky, Planning Division Manager, City of Beaverton, Oregon)

“Here is an expertly crafted methods book for planners. I wish I had had this book when I was studying for the AICP exam!” (Emily Talen, PhD, Professor, University of Chicago)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Planning as Storytelling

    Ramasubramanian, Laxmi (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Planning Challenges and the Challenges of Planning

    Ramasubramanian, Laxmi (et al.)

    Pages 15-37

  • Case Studies

    Ramasubramanian, Laxmi (et al.)

    Pages 39-77

  • Planning Grand

    Ramasubramanian, Laxmi (et al.)

    Pages 79-86

  • Placemaking: Why Everything Is Local

    Ramasubramanian, Laxmi (et al.)

    Pages 87-110

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68041-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68040-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Essential Methods for Planning Practitioners
Book Subtitle
Skills and Techniques for Data Analysis, Visualization, and Communication
Authors
Series Title
The Urban Book Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68041-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68041-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68040-8
Series ISSN
2365-757X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 157
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
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