Why call this blog Planologie? Well, while the Dutch word is generally regarded as synonymous with urban planning, the distinction between the two can be found in the etymology of their respective suffixes. –logy (or –logie), indicating a branch of knowledge, is derived from the Greek –logia, which means speech and is related to lecturing and the knowledge a lecturer must first accrue. –ing comes from Old English and denotes the continuous nature of an action. That is, urban planning is a job description. Planologie, as I interpret the word, combines the conscious action of world-shaping with the accrual of knowledge necessary to take such action wisely.

The Planologie blog is a clearinghouse for inquiries, observations, tirades, reviews, and concerns regarding the ideas people have (or don’t), the actions they take (or don’t), the things they make (or don’t), and the impact it all seems to have, not have, or might someday have. It’s a place to ask questions as well as offer solutions, a place for experts and non-experts alike to converse, debate, and occasionally climb onto the soapbox. It is also a dynamic document that charts my personal education as I consider the ways we humans live, build, move, and think.

By no means do I purport to be a planologie expert nor some kind of authority on…well, on anything. The planologie blog is an experiment. If you want to ride along with me, stick out your thumb. Metaphorically speaking. Email is probably more effective. Submissions are always welcome.


4 Responses to About

  1. LivingtheDream says:

    Right on brother….looking forward to reading your blog. ooP (<–me sticking my thumb up)

    -Shelby, I'm just living the dream

  2. misha says:

    Cycling is civilised. The days of the car are numbered. We will return to the world on a human scale, where interaction with our neighbours will be essential- not a choice.No longer will our cities include vast tarmac voids full of vast collections of autonomous transport.Shops will become smaller and accessible on foot. We will choose our food carefully, selecting each purchase wisely and with a view to fitting it in our bicycle panniers.We will notice the detail in our surroundings and have time to think about it.We will hear and smell our surroundings. Hooray!

  3. Sharnon Isenia says:


    Future challenges for the “planoloog” are: how to keep up with a rapid changing environment?

    I recommend the following readers: Manuel Castells (2010) ‘The rise of the network society’; Lester R. Brown (2009) ‘Plan B 4.0’;
    Thomas Friedman (2005) ‘The world is flat’ and the UN (1999) ‘Crucibles of hazard: mega-cities and disasters in transition’.


    Sharnon Isenia
    I’m connected to fb

  4. Sharnon Isenia says:

    Hi “planoloog”,

    The biggest challenge of all for today’s “planoloog” is: how to bring back ‘utopia’ into “planologie”?
    Luuk Boelens, chair-professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Utrecht wrote in his thesis (1990) “Stedenbouw en planologie een onvoltooid project” about the crisis in “planologie” which is cause by: ‘the ending of utopia’ and ‘the ending of the ideological evolution of mankind in historical sense’ versus ‘the up-rise and victory of the liberal democracy’ whoich is proclaimed by the philosopher Francis Fukuyama.

    The “planologie” has lost track of his/ her early utopian roots. An example is the book Utopia of Thomas More as a reference to these utopian roots. An other reference is for ones the possible existence and for others the myth of the island Atlantis, which is mention in the writings of the philosopher Plato. “Planologie” has become solemnly a pragmatic science and therefore without sustainable ideals. “Planologie” is not only about the spatial fabric, but it’s about how to create a ideal society in balance with his/ her spatial fabric. The Dutch founder of “planologie” J.M. de Casseres wrote about the creation of a ‘Planned Society’. Also the Dutch author Len de Klerck tries to look-in to this in his book “De Ideale Stad”.

    Nowadays material-pragmatism is marginalizing the focus and the holistic view of “planologie” upon society. The integral and multidisciplinary approaches are marginalize to rational strategic planning. The high values of a great society are marginalized and corrupted. The film ‘The Inconvenient Truth’ of Al Gore makes the people aware, that we are losing our planet ‘earth’. ‘Climate Change’ is the output of a self-destructing civilization, which lost track of his/ her high values in the creation of a great society. By devotion to the divine portion in our human spirit, we may rediscover the secret to establishing peace between all the members of our beautiful planet and building societies that are in harmony with their natural environment; for we are all one family; all descendants of our primeval ancestors, who once flourished in our ancient motherland, Atlantis.

    I applaud the content of this blog “Planologie”, because it tries to break with the traditional material-pragmatism of modern “Planologie”.


    Sharnon Isenia
    I’m connected to fb

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