Planning with Things

  title={Planning with Things},
  author={Robert A. Beauregard},
  journal={Journal of Planning Education and Research},
  pages={182 - 190}
  • R. Beauregard
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Planning Education and Research
This article claims a place for nonhuman things in the worlds of planning theory and practice. Using a fragment from a dialogue between a group of planners and a developer, I explore how things—apartment buildings, site plans, scale models, and parking spaces—shape planning practice. My concern is the micropolitics of planning and the way in which people interact with objects to convey authority and commitment and to establish mutual understandings. 
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