Going for Plan B - Conditioning Adaptive Planning: About urban planning and institutional design in a non-linear, complex world

Gert de Roo*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk



    The assumption of linear growth, Plan A, no longer works well, underpinned as it is by arguments deduced from the ‘normal’ sciences and their linear understanding of the world we are part of. Functionality, certainty and predictability have proven to be no longer trustworthy, with serious consequences for city planning. It is not easy to venture out beyond current paradigms, as these are entrenched deeply within us, framing our ideas, attitudes, behaviours and actions. Nevertheless, with this contribution we propose a Plan B and what some would call a ‘post normal’ science perspective, focusing on a non-linear understanding of our world. A non-linear understanding means we consider the world to be undergoing discontinuous change, which is and becomes manifest largely beyond our control. It will have far-reaching consequences for the institutional design used by planners, interacting with and influencing a city’s development. Despite this we believe there are strong arguments in support of a Plan B.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelHandbook on Complexity and Public Policy
    RedacteurenRobert Geyer, Paul Cairney
    Plaats van productieCheltenham, UK
    Aantal pagina's20
    ISBN van elektronische versie9781782549529
    StatusPublished - 2015

    Publicatie series

    NaamHandbooks of Research for Public Policy
    UitgeverijEdward Elgar

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