The Planning Imagination

Rating: Mark Tewdyr-Jones, Nicholas A Phelps and Robert Freestone. (eds). 2014. The Planning Imagination: Peter Hall and the study of urban and regional planning. Routledge. ISBN 978 0 415 50608 3 Perhaps it’s best to start with an admission, much in the way the editors have! Peter Hall was one of my Doctoral supervisors. He tested every limit of my thinking and ability to research and there’s not a day I don’t use some of his wisdom! His way of […]

Urban Ecology: Science of Cities

Rating: Richard TT Forman. 2014. Urban Ecology: Science of Cities. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 0 521 18824 1 Urban ecology has a reasonably long history, if almost 100 years can be considered long, tracing its roots back into the sociology of the 1920s. Here it was seen as a way of describing the distribution of people and probably owed little to our popular conception of ecology. Urban ecology has developed from those times and now looks at the way […]

Urban Ecology

Rating: Kevin J Gaston. (ed). 20120. Urban Ecology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 0 521 74349 5. Since, as the author asserts, this is the ‘urban century’ it follows that urban ecology should be a flourishing sub-discipline. It might be that ‘real’ ecologists study ‘real’ i.e. wild places but the increasing impact of the human population and the general growth of urbanisation makes this problematic on two levels. Firstly, we cannot appreciate the impact of urban areas unless we can […]