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KGLM 2180 - Planning in the Large Metropolis

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This class explores how (a few) cities around the world deal with spatial planning (land, transport and connected issues). We will focus mostly on the actual, local arrangements of governance and planning, without however ignoring theories. Spatial planning designates a large but interconnected area of political decisions impinging upon the organisation of space. Rather than a discipline, we define planning as the practice that organises changes aimed at anticipating a future, desirable, spatial organisation. Being politically oriented, these decisions are heavily influenced by the economic development, the legal framework and the social culture. In this sense, planning is part of the broader framework of territorial governance.
However, planning is inherently normative and it is also influenced by spatial models and cultural dimensions; and by the variable geometry of national arrangements between state and market actors. In this sense, one can look at spatial planning as the positioning of collective actions with regards to time and space.


CREMASCHI, Marco (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Course validation

30% : Students will write 2 short interventions (about 1000 worlds) based upon the readings, one in September and another in October, to be published on the class blog.
10 %: In week 6, students submit a one-page proposal for their final paper.
60%: students are expected to write a 8000 words report, on a subject agreed with the instuctor. It will be submitted via before 4th December at midnight and in print. The paper will consist of a technical report, preferably on one of the city introduced during class, discussing a recent urban spatial policy initiative and drawing upon the analysis of reports, grey literature, newspaper reports, policy briefs,quantitative data, census data. The report shall discuss the topic, summarise the geographical and spatial context, illustrate the relevant aspects of the national and local planning framework, and critically position the possible intervention into the theoretical debate,

Required reading

  • Sanyal, B., Vale, L. J., & Rosan, C. D. (2012). Planning ideas that matter: Livability, territoriality,
  • UN-HABITAT (2006) State of the World's Cities, 2006/7. London: Earthscan
  • Any Regional study prepared for “Planning Sustainable Cities: Global Report on Human Settlements 2009”, Available from