Regional design: A transformative approach to planning

Verena Elisabeth Balz*

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Abstract

Spatial planning approaches have changed since the 1990s. Major shifts in the institutional architecture of planning schemes have occurred: plan-led planning approaches – characterized by fixed administrative boundaries, statutory frameworks, and paternalistic forms of government – have turned into development-led approaches, in which soft planning follows and facilitates development proposals by market actors and the civil society. Dilemmas that are triggered by an accumulation of competing spatial claims – often due to highly urgent climate mitigation and adaptation measures – and a coupling of structural social, economic and political change have resulted in a greater appreciation of soft, adaptive, and flexible spatial planning approaches. Such approaches involve knowledge about particular areas, draw on place-based community-led initiatives and tailored temporary governance arrangements. They employ more transformative perceptions of natural, metabolic and evolutionary spatial change. In a context of uncertainty, contentiousness and complexity, they aim at unlocking more immediate and effective societal responses to problems in the built environment while maintaining robust, longterm planning rationales at the same time (Van Buuren et al., 2013; Nadin et al., 2021).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalPlanning Practice and Research
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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Funding

Funding Information:
The organizing committee of the conference ‘Regional Design: A Transformative Approach to Planning’ and editors of this special issue are Valeria Lingua, Department of Architecture, University of Florence; Verena Elisabeth Balz, Department of Urbanism, Delft University of Technology, and (formerly) Chair of Regional Planning, B-TU Cottbus-Senftenberg; Cristina Cavaco, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon; and Agnes Förster, Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development, RWTH Aachen University. We thank the University of Florence, Department of Architecture for hosting the conference. We also thank our conference co-organizers Joao Pedro Costa, University of Lisbon; Giuseppe de Luca, University of Florence; Carlo Pisano, University of Florence; Alain Thierstein, Technical University of Munich; and Wil Zonneveld, Delft University of Technology. During the conference, invited discussants contributed to an interactive dialogue on regional design, whom we want to thank. These were Cristina Cavaco, University of Lisbon; Maroš Finka, Slovak University of Technology; Nina Alaily-Mattar, Technical University of Munich; and Vincent Nadin, Delft University of Technology. As editors of the issue our gratitude goes to all who have contributed to the quality of articles as reviewers, and the Planning Practice & Research editorial board. Parts of this editorial note draw on research, which was conducted as part of the DUST (Democratising jUst Sustainability Transitions) project funded by European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101094869 ( www.dustproject.eu ).

This work was supported by the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme [101094869]. The organizing committee of the conference ‘Regional Design: A Transformative Approach to Planning’ and editors of this special issue are Valeria Lingua, Department of Architecture, University of Florence; Verena Elisabeth Balz, Department of Urbanism, Delft University of Technology, and (formerly) Chair of Regional Planning, B-TU Cottbus-Senftenberg; Cristina Cavaco, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon; and Agnes Förster, Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development, RWTH Aachen University. We thank the University of Florence, Department of Architecture for hosting the conference. We also thank our conference co-organizers Joao Pedro Costa, University of Lisbon; Giuseppe de Luca, University of Florence; Carlo Pisano, University of Florence; Alain Thierstein, Technical University of Munich; and Wil Zonneveld, Delft University of Technology. During the conference, invited discussants contributed to an interactive dialogue on regional design, whom we want to thank. These were Cristina Cavaco, University of Lisbon; Maroš Finka, Slovak University of Technology; Nina Alaily-Mattar, Technical University of Munich; and Vincent Nadin, Delft University of Technology. As editors of the issue our gratitude goes to all who have contributed to the quality of articles as reviewers, and the Planning Practice & Research editorial board. Parts of this editorial note draw on research, which was conducted as part of the DUST (Democratising jUst Sustainability Transitions) project funded by European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101094869 (www.dustproject.eu).

Keywords

  • spatial design
  • regional planning
  • regional design

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