Written by Luuk Boelens, The Urban Connection develops a promising model for an actor-relational approach to urban planning. With respect to the usual governmental planning, the thesis is focused on an approach that is driven by an outside-in relationship with civil society and investors, instead of inside-out. Deriving its leitmotif from the actual debate about state controlled versus neo-liberal planning the writings also reflect on innovative post-structuralist scholars in the fields of planning, economics, social geography and governance. The publication then take its own position in this debate, reflecting on actor-orientated experiments in planning practices which deal with daily planning practice within a pro-active and operational attitude. Illustrated throughout by maps, plans and diagrams.