In our shrinking world, it is important for U.S. planning professionals to understand the difficulties their counterparts face in other countries. European planning issues may resemble those in the U.S., but the variety of political, social and economic systems there make the approaches very different from one another and from ours. Third World planning issues include population control and providing food and shelter, which may seem far removed from issues we consider to be planning-related. But the problems of overcrowding, hunger and homelessness affect our personal and professional lives.
This issue of Carolina Planning examines the profession in a variety of international contexts and from a variety of perspectives. The problems planners face in other parts of the world, and the approaches they have taken, provide insights into the way we practice planning in the United States.
Editors: Lynn Favour, Heidi Walter Powell, Paul Kron, and Elizabeth Morton
A digital version of this issue is available here.
|PLANNING FROM THE BOTTOM UP
AN INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR WALTER STÖHR
Morton, Elizabeth; Powell, Heidi Walter
In an interview with the Carolina Planning editors, Professor Walter Stöhr discusses the collection and analysis of European local development initiative – an alternative approach to economic development, which utilizes local resources to build strong economies.
|REFLECTIONS ON DONOR COORDINATION: AN ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH A MICROCOMPUTER-BASED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT DIRECTORY IN SUDAN
Whittington, Dale; Calhoun, Craig
The authors share their experience with trying to establish a microcomputer-based development project directory for donor coordination in Sudan.
|DEVELOPMENT ON THE URBAN FRINGE: RECENT CHINESE EXPERIENCE
The author examines the related problems of planning for industrial development on the urban fringe of Nanjing, China, and of ensuring agricultural self sufficiency.
|NO VOICE, NO CHOICE: COMMUNITY GROUP INVOLVEMENT IN LONDON’S METROPOLITANN STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS
The author describes the Greater London Council’s (GLC) challenge to Britain’s “conventional wisdom,” which sees planning only as a tool for controlling developmentt. Allen then analyzes the positive impact of the GLC’s approach on London’s disempowered groups.
|POPULATION – A KEY COMPONENT OF PLANNING EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
The author takes a perscriptive approach by proposing new ways of teaching populations studies to planners. She illustrates in commentary the application of such an approach through the new curriculum at the Department of City and Regional Planning.