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Planning Behavior

Theories and Experiments

Author(s): Shih-Kung Lai

Book Description

While ordinary people tend to make myopic, independent decisions, planners deal with linked decisions intentionally and act accordingly in space and time. Little has been said, however, about how these linked decisions should be made. This collection of essays extends the concepts derived from decision theory in order to explain planning phenomena, particularly planning behavior. The book contains work gathered over a period thirty years that covers micro-decision making and macro-plan making processes in the context of urban planning. It answers the questions of why urban containment policies fail in stopping urban sprawl, how land development decisions are analyzed, and, more fundamentally, why cities need plans. Through the lens of decision theory, this book provides a fresh look at how planners do and should behave in making and using plans in the face of urban complexity.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3783-5
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3783-8
Date of Publication: 01/11/2019
Pages / Size: 272 / A5
Price: £61.99


Shih-Kung Lai received his PhD in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and taught in the Department of Real Estate and Built Environment at National Taipei University, Taiwan, for more than 20 years. He is now affiliated with the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, China. As an active follower of the “Illinois School” synthesized and labelled by Lewis Hopkins, he has published extensively on planning behavior and urban complexity. He is currently the founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Management.