This category includes figures involved in the theory and practice of urban and regional planning. Some are academics or writers, while others have have planned or designed regions, cities, towns, neighborhoods, or individual sites.
  • Altshuler, Alan A. Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Harvard University, teaches and conducts research on urban politics, land use policy, and transportation. CV, course information, and list of books and other publications.
  • Apte, Prakash M. Papers on housing, architecture, planning, development, management, and education by the Indian architect and planner.
  • Benenson, Itzhak University professor specializing in urban dynamics and ecological modeling. Includes information on research, publications, and classes.
  • Berman, Marshall Cultural theorist examines the social roles and intentions of artists in modern urban life. He advocates "Marxist humanism" and proposes that the urban realities of the marketplace are neither fixed nor immutable. (Book: All That is Solid Melts into Air)
  • Bertaud, Alain - The Study of Urban Spatial Structures Papers and reports focused on urban spatial development.
  • Burchell, Robert Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research, is the author of 25 books and more than 50 articles, is an expert on fiscal impact analysis, land-use development and regulation, and housing policy. Dr. Burchell co-authored the Development Impact Assessment Handbook for The Urban Land Institute. (Books: The Fiscal Impact Hand-book; The New Practitioner's Guide to Fiscal Impact Analysis; The Adaptive Reuse Handbook; The Environmental Impact Handbook).
  • Chapin, Jr., F. Stuart Pioneer in the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina. Spent nearly four decades establishing and improving the department's urban studies curriculum. Distinguished Service Award from the American Institute of Planners, as well as the Historic Planning Pioneer Award. (Books: Urban Land Use Planning).
  • Davis, Mike Author whose writings on the "architecture of control" and the extinction of public spaces have influenced many theorists and designers working to create a more livable city. (Books: City of Quartz; Ecology of Fear)
  • Doxiadis, Constantinos (1913-1975) Author and founder of Doxiadis Associates, a private firm of consulting engineers, with a small group of architects and planners. (Books: Ekistics - An Introduction to the Science of Human Settlements).
  • Gordon, Peter University of Southern California professor offers his weblog, papers, recommended reading, and curriculum vitae.
  • Halprin, Lawrence Significant contributor in the areas of landscape architecture and urban design, active over six decades in the 20th century. Biographical information and index to his projects.
  • Haussmann, Baron (1809-1891) French planner famous for the redevelopment of Paris under Napoleon III.
  • Hise, Greg Associate Professor of urban history, his research focuses generally on the American West and specifically on Los Angeles. (Book: Magnetic Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth Century Metropolis)
  • Huxtable, Ada Louise Architecture critic for the Wall Street Journal, she advocates for preservation and cities as places of contrast. (Book: The Unreal America)
  • Kent, Fred Founder and president of the Project for Public Spaces. Biography, publications, and interviews.
  • Kotkin, Joel The author of "The New Geography" offers commentary, articles, consulting, his schedule, and a biography.
  • Kunstler, James Howard Kunstler believes a lot of people share his feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work. (Books: The Geography of Nowhere, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency).
  • Newman, Oscar Influential author of Defensible Space proposes physically restructuring communities to reduce crime and improve stability. Biography, book excerpts, and nonprofit institute profile.
  • Penn, William (1644-1718) Penn's holy experiment and plan was idealistic to the point of utopianism. He wanted to establish a society that was godly, virtuous and exemplary for all of humanity.
  • Salingaros, Nikos A. Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, advocates using scientific understanding to generate "life" in built structures. (Books: Principles of Urban Structure, A Theory of Architecture).
  • Sitte, Camillo (1843-1903) The publication of City Planning According to Artistic Principles began a new era in Germanic city planning. Sitte strongly criticized the current emphasis on broad, straight boulevards, and public squares arranged primarily for the convenience of traffic.
  • Smithson, Peter and Allison Although they are also both practicing architects, the Smithsons gained most of their recognition through their involvement with Team 10 and its overthrow of old CIAM philosophies.
  • Soleri, Paolo Author, visionary, architect, and pioneer of new human spaces. (Books: Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory; Technology and Cosmogenesis; The Omega Seed; The Bridge Between Matter and Spirit is Matter Becoming Spirit; The City in the Image of Man).
  • Staley, Samuel Director of the Urban Futures Program of the Reason Public Policy Institute. (Books: Smarter Growth: Market-based Land-use Planning for the 21st Century).
  • Valsson, Trausti Icelandic professor presents his curriculum vitae and details about two books, "Planning in Iceland" and "City and Nature."
  • Zukin, Sharon Sociologist explores the inter-relations of economic, social, and political power that shape urban form. (Books: Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disneyworld, The Cultures of Cities)

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