Evaluation in Planning

Facing the Challenge of Complexity

  • Nathaniel Lichfield
  • Angela Barbanente
  • Dino Borri
  • Abdul Khakee
  • Anna Prat

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. N. Lichfield
      Pages 1-15
  3. Emerging Issues For Evaluation Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-23
    2. L. Fusco Girard
      Pages 25-50
    3. A. Barbanente, D. Borri, G. Concilio, S. Macchi, E. Scandurra
      Pages 73-95
    4. A. D. Hull
      Pages 127-142
  4. Perspectives In Evaluation Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-150
    2. M. L. Clemente, G. Maciocco, G. Marchi, F. Pace, F. Selicato, C. Torre
      Pages 213-227
    3. M. Batty
      Pages 251-272
  5. Linking Practice To Theory

  6. Conclusions: Where Do We Go From Here?

    1. E. R. Alexander
      Pages 355-374
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 375-383

About this book


This book is the result of a three day workshop on "Evaluation in theory and practice in spatial planning" held in Ramsey Hall, University College London, in September 1996. Some 30 people from 8 different countries attended and 20 papers were presented. The majority of them now form the basis for this book. This occasion was the third on the topic, the two preceding having taken place in Umea in June 1992 and in Bari in 1994. Following these three meetings, we can now say that this small, industrious, international family really enjoy meeting up from time to time at each others places, in the presence of older members and new children, each one presenting his/her own recent experiences. It particularly enjoys exchanging views and arguing about the current state and the future of evaluation in spatial planning (all families have their vices ... ). It is also pleasing to see these experiences and discussions resulting in a book for those who could not attend and for the broader clan in the field. Not long time ago, but ages in the accelerated academic time scale, evaluation in planning established its own role and distinct features as an instrument for helping the decision-making process. Now this role and these features are exposed to major challenges. First, the evolution of planning theory has lead to the conception of new planning paradigms, based on theories of complexity and communicative rationality.


Evaluation Governance Policy conflict development management planning sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Nathaniel Lichfield
    • 1
  • Angela Barbanente
    • 2
  • Dino Borri
    • 3
  • Abdul Khakee
    • 4
  • Anna Prat
    • 1
  1. 1.Dalia and Nathaniel Lichfield AssociatesLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Environmental EngineeringPolytechnic University of BariItaly
  3. 3.Department of Architecture and Urban PlanningPolytechnic of BariBariItaly
  4. 4.Department of Political ScienceUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5070-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1495-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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