Planning theory is an international isi indexed peer reviewed forum for exploring ideas concerned with a broad conception of spatial planning the editors welcome intellectually diverse contributions that advance planning theory understanding and debate. Planning theory is the body of scientific concepts definitions behavioral relationships and assumptions that define the body of knowledge of urban planning there are eight procedural theories of planning that remain the principal theories of planning procedure today the rational comprehensive approach the incremental approach the . Teachers of planning theory often struggle to demonstrate the relevance of the material they teach to everyday practice and practitioners and students as a result often disregard plannings past as a jumble of experiences irrelevant to contemporary contexts. 2 7 2014 3 planning is rooted in applied disciplines primary interest in practical problem solving planning codified as a professional activity originally transmitted by practitioners via apprenticeships early planning theories little distinction between goals knowledge and planning process nascent theories imbedded in utopian visions. Planning is a messy contentious field planning theory should provide the means to address these debates and understand their deeper roots in this light we view planning theory as a series of debates
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