How do you employ an insurgent planner?

Edited by:

Roberto Rocco , Gabriel Silvestre and Caroline Newton

This project investigates the ‘communicative turn’ in planning practice, and its potential for insurgent forms of civic engagement and democracy-building.  It searches for planners ‘pushing the envelope’ and challenging technocratic spatial planning, incorporating notions of participation, spatial justice and the right to the city into their daily practices. It delves into those daily practices to answer the question “How do you employ an insurgent planner ?”. It relies on conversations with planners acting in a number of cities around the world and aims to serve as a catalogue of radical experiences that challenge the status quo of contemporary market-based, exclusionary city-making.

This book also incorporates cross-cutting issues of gender, race, class, sexual orientation and others, to try and explore how insurgent planners around the world challenge technocratic planning by bringing diversity into planning.

Please, explore the rationale of the book to understand the project in detail.

Visit the call for proposals for information on how to submit a chapter proposal.

Roberto Rocco is Associate Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy, Delft University of Technology.  E-mail:

Gabriel Silvestre is Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at
Newcastle University.

Caroline Newton is Associate Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy and van Eesteren Fellow, at the Delft University of Technology.

List of cases in this book

  1. Ankara (Turkey)
  2. Antwerp (Belgium)
  3. Beirut (Lebanon)
  4. Belo Horizonte 1 (Brazil)
  5. Belo Horizonte 2 (Brazil)
  6. Johannesburg (South Africa)
  7. London 1 (UK)
  8. London 2 (UK)
  9. Makassar (Indonesia)
  10. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  11. São Paulo 1 (Brazil)
  12. São Paulo 2 (Brazil)
  13. Taipei (Taiwan)
  14. Tasmena (Morocco)