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.