I am a phd candidate in regional planning and public policy at the University IUAV of Venice (Italy). My research interests are: planning theory (especially new approaches to planning), planning process, public policy, analysis and governance of territorial dynamics (in a post-metropolitan vision). Next year I'm going to move for six months to the U.S., in order to study a real planning process in some cities. It would be very nice if you could give me an advice!. I'd like to find an interesting case study (possibly a new one, which is not already studied in other researches) about big urban transformation in some cities, involving different actors and creating conflicts, at different scales. It's not very easy to find "what is really happening in US cities", the real "US planning issues" from Italy, that's why I'm asking to you directly. My research operations will be the reconstruction of the story (problems, actors, conflicts, relationships between project and general plan, and plans of other planning levels), in order to start a reflection about the effectiveness of planning in post-metropolitan cities and post-modern times. I think I'll have to create a "connection" with a US planning school, too. Could you please tell me which universities (planning and public policies) are good universities in US?
Thank you so much, It would be so nice if you could help me to find a case study!
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