Planning, Politics, and the Art of Governmentality

A substantial amount of my work is devoted to understanding how cities are formed through various institutional and professional practices. Chief among these is urban planning, and the array of governmental techniques, agencies, and laws designed to produce the “urban” in particular ways. I approach planning in two modes. First, following Agamben, I examine planning as an apparatus of directive power around which people struggle to shape and control the destiny of cities. Second, drawing on the work of planning scholars such as Leonie Sandercock and Charles Hoch, I approach planning as a normative commitment to potentially liberatory practices of social and spatial justice.