Contemporary theory for regional design

Verena Elisabeth Balz*

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This chapter elaborates on the role and position of regional design in spatial planning and governance. The chapter draws on exploratory case study research that has combined empirical analyses of regional design initiatives that evolved in the context of Dutch national plans between 1988 and 2012 with a process of theory formation. Significantly, the chapter distinguishes performances of regional design in spatial planning and governance as well as aspects of spatial planning frameworks that shape these performances. Its main argument is that design in these realms aims to improve planning guidance by judging its implications for particular spatial and institutional situations. The overarching aim of the chapter is to contribute to the integration of planning and design theory. It calls for a contemporary theory of regional design, derived from such integration. In its concluding section, it points at research to further develop the stance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Regional Design
EditorsMichael Neuman, Wil Zonneveld
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781000366549, 9780429290268
ISBN (Print)9780367258665
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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