August 13 2013

Introducing 21st Century Urbanism – Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice

Whether you want an introduction to urban planning or are looking to become a city guru, Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice is your source for knowledge on the topic. Published by ICMA Press, in cooperation with the American Planning Association and University Pennsylvania School of Design, this three-part text offers a wealth of information for aspiring and practicing urban planners.

The textbook has grown since the ICMA’s first publication in 1941 and the content has therefore since changed substantially. A diverse group of professionals was brought together to write different sections of this book. This edition of Local Planning explores the applicability of theories, while explaining how we can learn from past practices, how we have changed our approach and what we can be prepared for in the future.

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Our world has changed drastically over the years and planning now requires a holistic, as opposed to localized, approach for successful implementation. Local Planning addresses these changes by focusing on why we plan, how planning goes beyond local geography and how we can implement ideas successfully. The text takes the reader through a history of the evolution of urban planning, to help set the stage for today’s world.

Suburban sprawl is no longer a goal to be achieved. This book explains the modern principles, including smart growth, urban infill, public-private partnerships and environmentalism. We hear these terms thrown around quite a bit, but what do they mean in practice?

Technology is not only convenient, but it is necessitated for successful practice. How are Geographic Information Systems (GIS) being used to address community needs? This is only one example of many presented in the book on the evolution of implementation techniques.

This edition of Local Planning does not need to be read in one sitting. Rather, each individual section can be used as a consultant for specific information. After completing each comprehensive chapter, you will have a more than sufficient understanding of where urban planning has been, where it is today and where it is going.

How do you think the implementation of local planning has changed over the years?

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Rob Poole

Rob Poole graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in City and Regional Planning. He grew up in San Diego, but now resides in San Francisco. He currently works at a non-profit organization in San Francisco that advocates for new housing development for all income levels in the City. He also interns with Streetsblog San Francisco. Rob plans to pursue a career that promotes civic engagement in cities and improves the public process for local governments.

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