Planners Press is APA's book imprint. We publish titles of interest to practitioners, researchers, and the general public, with the aim of stimulating readers, creating an engaged citizenry, and influencing policy development — all by telling the many stories of planning.

Featured Titles

The Ethical Planning practitioner

Rural by DesignPlanners need a guide, and now they have it: the first guidebook based on the current revision of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The Ethical Planning Practitioner presents 76 scenarios, all real-life dilemmas based on the code's rules of conduct. Each scenario comes with tools to help planners explore the answers on their own, in a training session, or in a classroom.

Rural by Design, Second Edition

Rural by DesignFor America's rural and suburban areas, new challenges demand new solutions. Author Randall Arendt meets them in an entirely new edition of Rural by Design. The first edition showed how creative, practical land-use planning can preserve open space and keep community character intact. This second edition shifts the focus toward infilling neighborhoods, strengthening town centers, and moving development closer to schools, shops, and jobs.

Planning the Pacific Northwest

Planning the Pacific NorthwestThe Pacific Northwest is green to the extreme. Yet a day trip can go from pristine wilderness to downtown Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver. How are these commercial and cultural hot spots keeping nature and growth in balance — and what's coming next? Trace the path from forests and fish to bikes and brews in a tale of three cities leading the way to smart growth. Planning the Pacific Northwest continues the APA Planners Press series on how planning shapes major American cities.

The Environmental Planning Handbook

The Environmental Planning HandbookHow can communities — even regions — keep their air clean, their water pure, and their people and property safe from climate and environmental hazards? Newly updated, The Environmental Planning Handbook for Sustainable Communities and Regions, Second Edition, gives local governments, nonprofits, and citizens the guidance they need to take on the job. Tom and Katherine Daniels clarify complex environmental issues, examine current sustainability efforts, and offer step-by-step guidance for local governments to incorporate sustainable environmental quality into local and regional comprehensive planning.

Planning Atlanta

Planning AtlantaSome cities avoid change. Others accept it. Atlanta pursues it. More than any other major U.S. city, Atlanta regularly reinvents itself. From the Civil War's devastation to the 1996 Olympic boom to the current housing crisis, the city's history is a cycle of rise and fall, ruin and resurgence. In Planning Atlanta, two dozen planning practitioners and thought leaders bring the story to life.  Planning Atlanta continues the APA Planners Press series on how planning shapes major American cities. 

Reconsidering Ian McHarg

Reconsidering Ian McHargReconsidering Ian McHarg offers a fresh assessment of McHarg's lessons and legacy. It applauds his call for environmental stewardship while acknowledging its unintended results. For McHarg's idyllic developments at the edge of nature turned greenfield sites into suburban communities. They added to sprawl and made America more dependent on cars. And they may even have delayed the kind of urban redevelopment needed to make today's cities more sustainable.

Planning in the Face of Conflict

Planning in the Face of ConflictHow can planners take conflicted communities from passionate demands to practical solutions? Facilitative leadership offers helpful answers. Cornell University's John Forester has produced a dozen profiles of planning practitioners known for their successes in helping communities turn contentious conflicts into practical consensus. This remarkable book tells their stories in their own words. Forester and his panel of experts offer no simplistic formulas but a great deal of practical guidance.

The Charrette Handbook

The Charrette HandbookThe Charrette Handbook, developed by the National Charrette Institute, walks step by step through planning and conducting a charrette then putting the results into action. The new edition also shows how to leverage social media, conduct charrettes on a budget, and add public health partnerships to the planning mix. This handbook is an invaluable guide for anyone organizing a charrette to engage a community.

Sustainable Development Projects

Sustainable Development ProjectsThis book shows how developers, designers, and planners can work together to build stronger cities. It starts with a blueprint for a development triad that balances sound economics, quality design, and the public good. A step-by-step description of the development process explains how and when planners can most effectively regulate new projects, while a glossary of real estate terms gives all the project participants a common language.

The Planning Commissioners Guide

The Planning Commissioners GuideIn this helpful handbook, the authors share ideas, insights, and information to help commissioners succeed. Eight detailed chapters cover everything from the nuts and bolts of development applications to the nuances of legal issues to the part commissioners play in long-range planning. Readers will learn how to prepare for their first commission meeting, review a development plan, invite productive public input, and steer clear of ethical dilemmas.

Planning Chicago

Planning ChicagoIn Planning Chicago, Hunt and DeVries tell the real stories of the planners, politicians, and everyday people who shaped contemporary Chicago, starting in 1958, early in the Richard J. Daley era. Over the ensuing decades, planning did much to develop the Loop, protect Chicago's famous lakefront, and encourage industrial growth and neighborhood development in the face of national trends that savaged other cities. But planning also failed some of Chicago's communities and did too little for others. The Second City is no longer defined by its past and its myths but by the nature of its emerging postindustrial future.

Crime and Planning

Crime and PlanningPlanners, says author Derek J. Paulsen, underestimate their power to fight crime. Crime and Planning gives practicing planners the tools they need to help head off crime in their communities. It provides an overview of crime patterns and shows how they intersect with planning. It makes the case for crime prevention as a key part of sustainability. And it presents success stories of planning techniques that have reduced crime in residential and retail settings. 

In Motion

In MotionThis intriguing book starts with the idea that travel gives us "open-sesame" moments when we suddenly see even familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. The experience — author Tony Hiss calls it Deep Travel — can happen whether we're on a trek through the Khyber Pass or a trip to the mailbox. In Hiss's mind-opening account, ordinary landscapes — highways, train tracks, and intersections — become as extraordinary as the first human settlements or the most renowned streetscapes.

Planning Los Angeles

Planning Los Angeles Despite the city's reputation for spontaneous evolution, a deliberate planning process shapes the way Los Angeles looks and lives. Editor David C. Sloane has enlisted more than 35 essayists for a lively, richly illustrated view of this vibrant metropolis. Together they cover the influences and outcomes of planning for a diverse population, regulating land use and providing transportation in a sprawling city, protecting green space, and supporting economic development.

Making Community Design Work

Making Community Design Work cover To succeed, any planning project must address both the physical space and its users. From setting goals to evaluating results, Making Community Design Work helps planners navigate the process of creating environments that meet the needs of the people they serve. In this well-crafted book, Umut Toker distills decades of community design experience into a sound conceptual framework of value to practicing planners as well as planning students.

Lasting Value

Lasting Value coverAre Americans committing "country-cide"? Every year, development claims more than a million acres of rural land, but some communities are preserving their green legacy. In 24 illustrated vignettes, Rick Pruetz, FAICP, explores settings from farmland on Long Island to Minneapolis's Grand Rounds park system to the volcanic range near downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Neighbors & Neighborhoods

Neighbors & NeighborhoodsHow does the design of a neighborhood affect the people who live there? In this thoughtful, engaging book, Sidney Brower explains how a neighborhood's design lays the groundwork for the social relationships that make it a community. Blending social science with personal interviews, Brower shares the lessons of planned communities from historic Riverside, Illinois, to archetypal Levittown, New York, and Disney's Celebration, Florida. Neighbors & Neighborhoods is an eye-opener for everyone who's wondered what makes their local neighborhoods tick. 

Megapolitan America

Megapolitan AmericaIn popular imagination, America is the land of wide open spaces. But in reality, much of it is more densely populated than Europe. Two-thirds of the U.S. population lives on less than 20 percent of the privately owned land, clustered in 20-some megapolitan areas — networks of metropolitan centers fused by common economic, physical, social, and cultural traits. This is required reading for everyone who cares about America's future.

Evolution of Urban Form

The Evolution of Urban FormIn her new Planners Press book, Brenda Case Scheer examines why urban environments frequently resist change. She reveals that most built environments repeat a limited number of physical types and that planners and architects refer to building types as they work through urban design problems and regulations. The book includes practical examples of how typology is critical to analytical, design, and regulatory situations.

The Planners Guide to CommunityViz

The Planners Guide to CommunityVizDoug Walker and Tom Daniels have produced an authoritative and accessible guide to CommunityViz, GIS-based software that planners around the world are using to help decision-makers, professionals, and the public visualize, analyze, and communicate about development proposals, future growth patterns, and the outcome of particular plans or developments. It shows the planner which tools and techniques to use and how to use them for maximum effectiveness on planning projects large and small.  

Reconsidering Jane Jacobs

Reconsidering Jane JacobsWith The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs sparked a public conversation about urbanism. Fifty years after her defining work, 11 thought-provoking essays revisit her ideas, critique their consequences, and consider their relevance to today's planning challenges around the globe.