Topic outline

  • General


    Source: KAHE

    This course is an introduction to the history and theories of the planning profession. Selectively draw on the literature in planning theory and history to examine a series of questions fundamental to planning practice. The discussions, exercises, and readings on these questions will highlight alternative approaches to planning practice, and the current issues in the field of planning.  

    Instructor(s) V. Balakrishna
    Assisstant Instructor(s) Hiranmayi Shankavaram
    Assisstant Instructor(s) Rishab Sharma 

    As Taught in Winter 2018

    Level Master of Planning, Master of Architecture

    Type Theory 


    Methodical theoretical lectures introducing the evolution of human settlements and associated planning principles. Rationality in planning, its definition, the process(es) in planning, modes of planning - Blueprint and process mode - Disjointed incremental mode of planning - Normative versus functional mode of planning etc., are introduced. The students are also familiarized with utopian models, complexity theories that mark contemporary planning systems 


    Session Inclusions:

    Lectures through presentations and discussions. Mandatory literature review and corresponding Training on article writing. 


    Article review - Individual Reports and presentation – 10%

    Theories under study - Group presentations – 10%  


    Mandatory Articles:

    1. The “systems view” and planning theory by Andreas Faludi, 1973
    2. Andreas Faludi, A Reader in Planning Theory. Pergamon Press Oxford, New York, 1973
    3. The Kind of Problem a City Is, Luís M. A. Bettencourt
    4. THE NATURE OF CITIES: The Scope and Limits of Urban Theory, Allen J. Scott and Michael Storper
    5. Generating Cities from the Bottom-Up: Using Complexity Theory for Effective Design, Michael Batty 2008.
    6. Planning for Urban Development in India, Isher Judge Ahluwalia
    7. Re-examining the Role of Knowledge within Planning Theory, Yvonne Rydin
    8. Complexity and Planning Systems, Assemblages and Simulations, Chapter 5, Juval Portugali

      Planning system in India - Introduction to master plan, structure plan, detailed development plans, city corporate plan and smart plan - Comparison of planning systems in UK and USA.  

      Session Inclusions:

      Lectures through presentations and discussions. 


      Group work: assessment on the city’s Current Master plan and DCP – 10%


      Internal assessments (mid-term): Theory written paper for 100 marks – 30%


        Type of planning surveys, data identification for various plan preparation - Aerial photo and remote sensing techniques in planning - Formulation of standards for various urban functions 


        Session Inclusions:

        Lectures through presentations and discussions. 


        Group work: Associated with the planning studio course work – understanding the choice of relevant data, sampling, mode of survey and assessment - 10%


          Optimization and economic analysis methods in project formulation and implementation, CPM, PERT, PBBS, Goal achievement matrix, Introduction to Cost-Benefit analysis. Research writing and article writing to be a part of Units I (Planning principle and Process) and II (Planning system). 


          Session Inclusions:

          Lectures through presentations and discussions. 


          Individual work: Associated with the planning studio course work – application of relevant analytical tools for the data collected, feasibility studies and assessment - 10%


          Compilation of reports/presentations as a comprehensive portfolio – 10% 

          • References:

            1. Textbook of Town Planning, Abir Bandyopadhyay, 2017(reprinted)
            2. Belinda K P Yuen, ‘Planning Singapore: from Plan to Implementation, Singapore Institute of Planners, Singapore, 1998. 
            3. Jonathan Barnett, ‘Redesigning cities: Principles, Practice, and Implementation, Planners Press, Chicago, 2003. 
            4. 4. Lee. C, ‘Models in Planning; An Introduction to the use of Quantitative Models in Planning, Pergamon Press, New York, 1973. 
            5. Rabindra Nath Dubey and Bhim Rao, ‘Urbanization and Urban Planning in India- Vision and Reality, Shree Nataraj Prakashan, New Delhi. 2010. 
            6. Ramachandran R, ‘Urbanization and Urban Systems in India, Oxford University Press, Oxford. 1991.
            7. Randall Crane and Rachel Weber, ‘The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning, Oxford University Press, New York, 2012. 
            8. Sundaram K.V, ‘Urban and Regional Planning in India, Vikas Pub. House, New Delhi. 1977. 
            9. Viviana Kaminski, ‘Urban Studies and Planning. World Technologies, New Delhi. 2012.