Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planetizen Press

The reader covers the following broad areas:

  • General Reference
  • History, Theory, and Law
  • Plan Making and implementation
  • Functional Areas of Practice
  • Spatial Areas of Practice
  • Ethics

The reader consists of assembled readings that are recommended by your instructor and which, in our opinion, represent the key knowledge necessary to become a certified planner. This volume is a collection of essential readings that introduce readers to a number of topics related to the AICP exam.

We think you will enjoy this selection of readings. We are confident that throughout your career you will have occasion to return to these pages to refresh your memory, guide your practice, and inspire your actions.

Essential Readings in Urban Planning is the course reader for the online Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class. Please note that the material in this text has been cleared for use in the AICP Exam Prep class only, but is not a required text.

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Book cover: Paperback
Print version: B/W
Pages: 482
Publisher: Cognella for Planetizen Press
ISBN: 978-1-5165-9447-4

Book Contents:

With the creation of the volume, we are indebted to our course instructor, Emily Talen, PhD, FAICP, who has carefully curated these readings. Emily is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 

The reader includes selections and excerpts from the following sources:

Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice
By Gary Hack, Eugenie L. Birch, Paul H. Sedway, and Mitchell J. Silver

Planning and Urban Design Standards
By American Planning Association

Land Use and the Constitution
By American Planning Association

Land Use Planning and Development Regulation Law
By Julian Conrad Jurgensmeyer, Thomas E. Roberts, Patricia E. Salkin, and Ryan Max Rowberry

Planning Theory for Practitioners
By Michael Brooks

Urban Land Use Planning
By Philip R. Berke, David R. Godschalk and Edward J. Kaise

The High Cost of Free Parking
By Donald C. Shoup

Planner's Use of Information
By Hemalata Dandekar

The Living Landscape
By Frederick Steiner

Design with Nature
By Ian L. McHarg

Growing Cooler: Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change
By Reid Ewing, Keith Bartholomew, Steve Winkleman, Jerry Walters, and Don Chen

Environmental Planning Handbook
By Tom Daniels 

Planning for Community Resilience
By Jamie Hicks Masterson et al.

Site Planning: International Practice
By Gary Hack

Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness
By Anna K. Schwab, Dylan Sandler, and David J. Brower

The Transportation Planning Handbook
By Michael D. Meyer

The Ethical Planner
By Jerry Weitz

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Essential Readings in Urban Planning (ISBN 978-1-5165-9447-4) is published by Cognella.

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Vendor: Planetizen Press

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