Spatial planning in a complex unpredictable world of change: Towards a proactive co-evolutionary type of planning within the Eurodelta

Gert de Roo (Editor), Luuk Boelens (Editor)

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    This book is a message to be humble before truth and reality and to relinquish the idea of controlling them. Planners do not have that much control. In retrospect, it was easy to conclude that in conditions of constant population growth and with an economy in fairly good shape, a linear model of urban development would be relatively easy to maintain: the origin of the idea of certainty and control. The population in the Western world is no longer growing though; on the contrary, many regions and cities are facing population decline. Added to that, the economy is proving quite uncertain as well. The two together impact on spatial development.
    This all means that we have to consider a fundamentally different perspective on the role of spatial planning and its position in urban and rural development. Instead of planning aiming to achieve controlled development, it might get more out of the various autonomous processes affecting urban and the rural areas. In addition to planners being experts or mediators, we might appreciate planners becoming managers of change, transition managers, adaptive responders and social entrepreneurs, supporting and guiding the various parties within urban and rural areas to find the positions which suit them best.
    This book acknowledges these new identities and positions, with the planner acting as a manager of change. This book tries to present arguments in support of a discipline of spatial planning which adopts a different stance to the world, a more adaptive stance, and with a keen eye for self-organization processes: an eye for non-linear kinds of planning in a world of change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationGroningen
    PublisherCoöperatie InPlanning UA
    Number of pages356
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-91937-27-9
    ISBN (Print)9789491937262
    Publication statusPublished - 1-Mar-2014


    • spatial planning
    • complexity
    • co-evolution
    • Eurodelta
    • self-organisation
    • adaptivity

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