We have put together a list of 10 essential books for spatial planning students. Our choice is based on ideas put forward by staff of the Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy, compiled by Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado in 2010.

We made some bold choices, especially concerning the books we’ve left out. The idea is to get your feedback on this list. What other books would you include in this list? And what books would you rather not include? Please remember this is a list of the essential books for spatial planning students, so we have not included journal papers and edited books comprising a collection of papers. Do help us make this list even more relevant and exciting!

These are the books we think every spatial planning student must read:


FORESTER, J. 1989. Planning in the Face of Power, Los Angeles, University of California Press.

FRIEDMANN, J. 1987. Planning in the Public Domain: From Knowledge to Action, Princeton University Press.

GEDDES, P. 1915. Cities in Evolution: an Introduction to the Town Planning Movement and the Study of Civics, London, Williams and Norgate

HALL, P. 2001. Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century, London, Blackwell.

HARVEY, D. (1973) Social Justice and the City, Baltimore, John Hopkins Press (revised 2009, Athens, University of Geogia Press).

HEALEY, P. 2006. Collaborative Planning: Shaping Places in Fragmented Societies, London, Palgrave Macmillan.

HOWARD, E. 1898. Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, London, New York, Routledge.

JACOBS, J. 1961. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, New York, Random House.

SOJA, E. 2000. Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions, London, Blackwell.

WARD, S. 2002. Planning the Twentieth Century City: the Advanced Capitalist World, Chichester, John Wiley and Sons.

See the complete list HERE

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