The Bartlett School of Planning


The Planning Imagination: Peter Hall and the Study of Urban and Regional Planning

The Planning Imagination Peter Hall and the Study of Urban and Regional Planning ed. Mark Tewdwr Jones, Nicholas Phelps, Robert Freestone

28 January 2014

Knighted in 1998 ‘for services to the Town and Country Planning Association’, and in 2003 named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a ‘Pioneer in the Life of the Nation’, Professor Sir Peter Hall is internationally renowned for the breadth and depth of his studies and writings on urban and regional planning. For the last 50 years, he has captured and helped to create the ‘planning imagination’.

Here the editors have brought together in five themes a series of critical reflections on Peter’s vast and diverse contributions. Those reflections are provided by colleagues familiar with his work.

The five parts are devoted to Peter Hall’s breadth of academic work, covering the history of cities and planning, London, spatial planning, connectivity and mobility, and urban globalization. Finally, as a sixth part, the editors have asked Peter Hall himself to reflect on his career and the sources of his imagination.

The story this book tells is not one of a singular, totally consistent theoretical and philosophical view elaborated over several decades. Rather it covers a set of views that necessarily admits signs of Peter’s inconsistency and imperfection over the years – the insights and imperfections that inevitably accompany the exercise of a nonetheless remarkably fertile, restless and inspiring planning imagination.

Edited by Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Professor Nicholas Phelps and Professor Robert Freestone.

Published by Routledge, September 2013

Full details of this publication can be found on the Routledge website