Michael Brooks

Planning Theory for Practitioners

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This book is recommended reading for planners preparing to take the AICP exam. In this new book, Michael Brooks bridges the gap between theory and practice. He describes an original approachFeedback Strategythat builds on the strengths of previous planning theories with one big difference: it not only acknowledges but welcomes politicsthe bogeyman of real-world planning. Dont hold your nose or look the other way, Brooks advises planners, but use politics to your own advantage. Brooks admits that most of the time planning theory doesnt have much to do with planning practice. These ideas rooted in the planners real world are different. This strategy employs everyday poltiical processes to advance planning, trusts planners personal values and professional ethics, and depends on their ability to help clients articulate a vision. Planning Theory for Practitioners will encourage not only veteran planners searching for a fresh approach, but also students and recent graduates dismayed by the gap between academic theory and actual practice.
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    b7597826196has quoted2 years ago
    process by which we attempt to shape the future
    b7597826196has quoted2 years ago
    (1) the “improvement of human settlements”; (2) “interconnections” among the various facets of the community (again, the “comprehensiveness” theme); (3) “pathways of change over time,” referring to the processes of goal formulation, forecasting, and plan-making for the future; (4) “the diversity of needs and distributional consequences in human settlements,” reflecting concerns about social and economic equity; (5) “open participation in decisionmaking,” involving concerns for citizen participation and representation, negotiation and dispute resolution, and clear communication; and (6) “linking knowledge and collective action,” which refers to recognition of the interdependence between the practice and academic branches of the profession, and the importance of the knowledge generated by both.
    b7597826196has quoted2 years ago
    planners need not be fearful of, or dismayed by, the political processes that they frequently encounter—that in fact there are ways in which these processes can be harnessed to planning’s benefit.

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