John Friedmann

John Friedmann (* April 16, 1926 when Hans Friedmann in Vienna) is an American urban and regional planners Austrian origin. Because of the increasing persecution of Jews in the 1930s, he emigrated with his parents to the United States, where he in 1944, aged 18 years, received the citizenship.

In 1955 he received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in the subjects of spatial planning, economics and geography. Since 1952 he has taught at numerous universities around the world, including four years at MIT in Boston, as well as visiting professorships at Berkeley, Johannesburg, Taiwan, among others Lectures he gave in the German-speaking area at the Max Planck Institute in Starnberg, at the University of Dortmund and at the Vienna University of Economics. Since 2001 he has taught as an Honorary Professor ( honorary professor ) at the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia. Previously, at the University of Melbourne (Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, 1999-2001) scientifically active. Until 1999 he was again working for many years at the University of California in Los Angeles at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning and the School of Public Policy and Social Research.

In 1986 he published together with Goetz Wolff, the seven theses comprehensive world city hypothesis. This work was a major contribution to the definition of modern world cities and also included a list of 30 contemporary world cities.



Urbanization and development policy

  • The Spatial Structure of Economic Development in the Tennessee Valley (Research Monograph ). Department of Geography, University of Chicago, 1955.
  • Regional Development Policy: A Case Study of Venezuela. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1966.
  • Urbanization, Planning and National Development. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, 1973 Out of print. . Spanish translation (Mexico City: Editorial Diana, 1976).
  • The Urban Transition: Comparative Studies of Newly Industrializing Societies. London: Edward Arnold, Ltd., 1976 (With Robert Wulff ). .. Translated into Bahasa Malaysia.
  • Territory and Function: The Evolution of Regional Planning. London: Edward Arnold, Ltd., and Berkeley, CA:. . University of California Press, 1979 (With Clyde Weaver). Translated into Spanish (Madrid: Instituto de Estudios de Administracion Local, 1981).
  • Life Space and Economic Space: Essays in Third World Planning. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1988.
  • Empowerment: The Politics of Alternative Development. Cambridge, Mass.:. Basil Blackwell Publishers, 1992 Japanese edition, 1995 Portuguese edition by CELTA Editora, Lisbon, 1996 Italian edition in 2004, with additional material ( " empowerment verso Il ' Potere di tutti ' " edizione italiana a cura di. .. Alberto L' Abate, Torre dei Nolfe [ AQ ] ).
  • The Prospect of Cities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
  • China 's Urban Transition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.


  • Introduction to Democratic Planning. Rio de Janeiro: Getulio Vargas Foundation, 1959 (in Portuguese). .
  • Venezuela: From Doctrine to Dialogue. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1965 Out of print. .
  • Retracking America: A Theory of Transactive Planning. Garden City: Doubleday and Anchor Books, 1973 An Urban Affairs Library Selection. . ( Reissued with a new Preface, by Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA, 1981). Out of Print.
  • Planning in the Public Domain: From Knowledge to Action. Princeton University Press, 1987 Partially translated as Planificación en el Ambito Público, Madrid. MAP, 1991, revised and expanded, 2001 Italian translation:. Bari: Edizione Dedalo, 1993.
  • Dialectic of reason. A lecture at the University of Dortmund. Dortmund contributions to spatial planning No. 55 Blue Series. IRPUD, 1991.

The following books were written by John Friedmann, or co-authored:

  • William Alonso and John Friedmann, eds, Regional Development and Planning: . A Reader. Cambridge: The M.I.T. Press, 1964. An Urban Affairs Library Selection.
  • " Regional Development and Planning, " special issue, Journal of the American Institute of Planners, May 1964.
  • Chile: Contribuciones a las Politicas Urbana, Regional y Habitacional. Santiago, Chile: Centro de Desarrollo Regional y Urbana, 1970.
  • William Alonso and John Friedmann, eds, Regional Policy: . Readings in Theory and Applications. Cambridge: The M.I.T. Press, 1975. Completely Call A revised edition of the 1964 Reader (item 1). An Urban Affairs Library selection.
  • Leland S. Burns and John Friedmann, eds, The Art of Planning. Selected Writings of Harvey S. Perloff, NY: Plenum Press, 1985.
  • Mike Douglass and John Friedmann, eds, Transnational Capital and Urbanization on the Pacific Rim. Proceedings of a Conference, UCLA Center for Pacific Rim Studies, 1987.
  • . John Friedmann and Haripriya Rangan, eds, In Defense of Livelihood: Comparative Studies on Environmental Action. Hartford, Conn.:. Kumarian Press, 1993.
  • John Friedmann, Rebecca Abers and Lilian Autler, eds. Emergences: Women's Struggles for Livelihood in Latin America. UCLA, Center for Latin American Studies, 1995.
  • Mike Douglass and John Friedmann, eds, Cities for Citizens: . Planning and the Rise of Civil Society in a Global Age. Chichester, U.K.: John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
  • John Friedmann, ed, Urban and Regional Governance in the Asia Pacific. Vancouver: Institute of Asian Research, UBC, 1999.
  • John Friedmann, ed, "Urban Impacts and Responses of the Asian Economic Crisis. " Special issue of The Asian Geographer, 2000.
  • Special issue of Urban Planning Overseas ( in Chinese translation), October 2005 ( vol. 20: 5) with an introduction by Zhang Tingwei. Seven selected essays by John Friedmann.