Soft Spaces as a Traveling Planning Idea: Uncovering the Origin and Development of an Academic Concept on the Rise

E. Purkarthofer, Kaisa Granqvist

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    Abstract

    This article analyses the academic concept of “soft spaces” from the perspective of traveling planning ideas. The concept has its origin in the United Kingdom but has also been used in other contexts. Within European Union policy-making, the term soft planning has emerged to describe the processes of cooperation and learning with an unclear relation to planning. In the Nordic countries, soft spaces are viewed as entangled with the logics of statutory planning, posing challenges for policy delivery and regulatory planning systems. This article highlights the conceptual evolution of soft spaces, specifically acknowledging contextual influences and the changing relation with statutory planning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-16
    JournalJournal of Planning Literature
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Keywords

    • European spatial planning
    • Nordic countries
    • United Kingdom
    • circuits of knowledge
    • city region
    • governance
    • planning theory
    • relational space
    • soft space
    • strategic planning

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