Table of Contents

Debating Spatial Planning in a Strategic Perspective.
How to Enhance Creativity, Diversity and Sustainability in Spatial Planning: Strategic Planning Revisited.
Medium-Sized Towns, Strategic Planning and Creative Governance.
Strategic Planning as a Field of Practices.
On Strategic Planning and Associated Issues.
Notes on Strategic Processes in Land Use Planning.
Post-structural Complexity: Strategic Navigation in an Ocean of Theory and Practice.
Exploring Phenomena.
Spatial Planning, Urban Policy and the Search for Integration: The Example of a Medium-Sized City.
Strategic Planning and Urban Governance: Effectiveness and Legitimacy.
Socio-Economic Regeneration Initiatives and Strategic Governance in Old Industrial Towns Outside of Agglomerations.
When Strategy Meets Democracy: Exploring the Limits of the ‘Possible’ and the Value of the ‘Impossible’.
Impossible Sustainability and the Post-political Condition.
Cognition Dynamics and Knowledge Management in Strategy-Making.
Futures Studies and Strategic Planning.
Managing Argumentative Discourses in Multi-Actor Environments.
Frames, Multi-Agents and Good Behaviours in Planning Rationales.
Knowledge Management and Strategic Self-Sustainability: A Human Systems Perspective.
Bricolaging Knowledge and Practices in Spatial Strategy-Making.
Value-Based Approach in Strategic Thinking.
Creative Evaluations for a Human Sustainable Planning.
Economic Evaluation: The Contemporary Debate.
Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation Applied: A Community Planning Experience.
Driving Forces and Spatial Impacts: An Integrated Approach for Small- and Medium-Sized Cities.
Thinking Through Complex Values. This book discusses strategic spatial planning with emphasis on the role of values and cognitions dynamics within the planning-evaluation interplay. In the book, values and cognitions dynamics are investigated as crucial aspects of planning practices devoted to the development of strategic actions strictly linked to spatial contexts. Different methodologies and approaches are examined to support collaborative decision making and to manage comprehensive and participatory knowledge throughout strategic planning processes. The discussion is carried out from both theoretical and practical points of view. The book also dissects the multiple meanings of strategic planning and its implication in terms of mobilization and creation of values and knowledge. Critical issues are examined in relation to both the dynamics of negotiation and construction of diverse values and knowledge in planning processes, and in relation to some experiences carried out in different urban contexts.