New roles in collective, growth-independent spatial organisation

Christian Wilhelm Lamker, Viola Schulze Dieckhoff

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    In the twenty-first century, urban and spatial planning still stands at the fundamental interface between state power, private capital and public interest (Stein 2019: 12). Planners hold a key position for organising the spatial conditions of our society. Responsible spatial development requires all planners to take roles that reflect the great diversity and complexity of society. Collective responsibility must be converted into new ways of thinking and acting by courageously leading processes of collective spatial and institutional design. However, economic growth cannot solve the urgent challenges of spatial transformation encapsulated by keywords like ‘sustainability’, ‘climate change mitigation, ‘climate change adaptation’ and ‘social justice’. Neither can these problems be successfully dealt with as part of a growth-based agenda, for instance through the accelerated designation of building land or technological solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPost-Growth Geographies
    Subtitle of host publicationSpatial Relations of Diverse and Alternative Economies
    EditorsBastian Lange, Martina Hülz, Benedikt Schmid, Christian Schulz
    Place of PublicationBielefeld
    ISBN (Electronic)9783839457337
    ISBN (Print)9783837657333
    Publication statusPublished - 5-Nov-2021


    • post-growth planning
    • roles in planning
    • post-growth


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    • Becoming a post-growth planner: inner obstacles to changing roles

      Lamker, C. W. & Schulze Dieckhoff, V., 19-May-2022, Post-Growth Planning: Cities beyond the market economy. Savini, F., Ferreira, A. & von Schönfeld, K. C. (eds.). Routledge, p. 189-202 14 p.

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