- About the Contributors
- Planning as Scholarship: Origins and Prospects
- Collective Action: Balancing Public and Particularistic Interests
- Urban Planning and Regulation: The Challenge of The Market
- The Evolution of The Institutional Approach in Planning
- Varieties of Planning Experience: Toward a Globalized Planning Culture?
- Cultural Diversity
- Making Plans
- Cities, People, and Processes as Planning Case Studies
- From Good Intentions to A Critical Pragmatism
- Visualizing Information
- Modeling Urban Systems
- Codes and Standards
- Evolving Perspectives on the Arts, Place, and Development
- Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health
- Suburban Sprawl and “Smart Growth”
- Planning for Improved Air Quality and Environmental Health
- The Local Regulation of Climate Change
- The Evolving Role of Community Economic Development in Planning
- Housing: Planning and Policy Challenges
- Cities with Slums
- The Public Finance of Urban Form
- City Abandonment
- The Changing Character of Urban Redevelopment
- Gender, Cities, and Planning
- Frontiers in Land Use and Travel Research
- The Civics of Urban Planning
- Urban Informality: The Production of Space and Practice of Planning
- Citizen Planners: From Self-Help to Political Transformation
- The Real Estate Development Industry
- The Politics of Planning
- Reading Through A Plan: A Visual Theory of Plan Interpretation
- Planning and Citizenship
- Plan Assessment: Making and Using Plans Well
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the importance of case studies in urban planning. It explains that case studies are used to analyze urban behaviors in the political arena, in neighborhoods and in other places, and in providing exemplars of best practices in physical planning. The article describes the nature of case studies used in urban planning and the pattern of their application. An analysis of representative studies reveals several patterns, including an effort to develop cases that translate knowledge into action, that pay attention to place or the physical dimensions of a question, and that have a tendency to revisit and re-evaluate a phenomenon which has been studied at an earlier time.
Eugénie L. Birch is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania.
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