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Action For Cities A Guide For Community Planning

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Planning suffers a crisis in confidence reflected in the growing consensus about its inability to manage fast changing cities effectively, and about its means and ends. Few of its benefits reach the urban poor majority. Action Planning for Cities brings together state of the art methods and techniques. It proposes practical and common sense alternatives, linking the needs of community with the strategic plans of government. Its methods are problem driven, community derived, participatory, fast, adaptive and incremental. In practice, its impacts are immediate and more easily sustainable. Action Planning can be used to improve city management by stimulating partnerships amongst stakeholders and by capacity building at all levels. It can be applied to a variety of settings, including infrastructure planning, environmental management, urban upgrading, settlement planning, community development. This book is organised into four sections. The first introduces an alternative theoretical agenda for planning based on a critical review of current development theories and practices. It traces the origins of Action Planning and describes its characteristics, methods and techniques. The second section reviews and analyses examples of participatory planning currently in operation and explains the disparate methods and techniques in use. Section three studies the links between action planning and learning. It sets out a basis on which to plan training programmes and decide appropriate educational settings and training conditions. The book concludes with a series of case files that clearly illustrate the principles and practice of action planning programmes. Action Planning for Cities is designed to be used as both a practical guide and for field and academic training. It contains easily reproduced charts and formats with illustrations of good practice. It will be of great value to development practitioners, educators and students. Of great importance in development planning in developing countries, the approach is also relevant in Eastern Europe, USA and the EU.

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons
Action Planning for Cities proposes an alternative approach and practical guide to planning which is grounded in community needs with objectives which are immediate. The authors are distinguished planners who have been associated with the development of the approach and have written widely in the field. Of great importance in development planning in developing countries, the approach is also of social relevance in Eastern Europe, the USA and the EU. The book is conceived as a practical guide to techniques and illustration of good practice, and contains sufficient theoretical material to be of great value to academic researchers and students.



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