Urban Research & Practice Virtual Special Issue published
By Robin A. Chang with Ned Jacobs, 06 April, 2020
A most unusually unsexy topic for planning is that of industrial lands. The re-design and re-use of buildings and lands that are most stereotypically associated with pollution and nuisance, however, are soon if not already a challenge for many metropolitan areas.
This is a point that I, along with seven other undergraduate students and a community colleague would better come to understand during a two-week excursion from February 24th until March 11th, 2020 to study urban, industrial lands in Vancouver. Through our visits and interviews, we confronted a changing reality for what we traditional conceive as industrial activities. The grating noises, intrusive smells, and rough surfaces still exist, though toxic emissions are much reduced. Moreover, they co-exist now with glassed laboratories, FOB accessible open-plan offices, smartly branded breweries, and discrete fab-lab storefronts. The emerging and parallel existence of these functions fall under an outdated category of industrial land use zoning. In the meantime, development pressures, especially for multi-family housing, increasingly encroach upon these uses.
The aim of this book is to investigate contemporary processes of metropolitan change and approaches to planning and governing metropolitan regions. To do so, it focuses on four central tenets of metropolitan change in terms of planning and governance: institutional approaches, policy mobilities, spatial imaginaries, and planning styles. The book’s main contribution lies in providing readers with a new conceptual and analytical framework for researching contemporary dynamics in metropolitan regions. It will chiefly benefit researchers and students in planning, urban studies, policy and governance studies, especially those interested in metropolitan regions.
The relentless pace of urban change in globalization poses fundamental questions about how to best plan and govern 21st-century metropolitan regions. The problem for metropolitan regions—especially for those with policy and decision-making responsibilities—is a growing recognition that these spaces are typically reliant on inadequate urban-economic infrastructure and fragmented planning and governance arrangements. Moreover, as the demand for more ‘appropriate’—i.e., more flexible, networked and smart—forms of planning and governance increases, new expressions of territorial cooperation and conflict are emerging around issues and agendas of (de-)growth, infrastructure expansion, and the collective provision of services. Further information.
Band 1 des ARL Readers Planungstheorie behandelt zwei der einflussreichsten planungstheoretischen Metaerzählungen des späten 20. Jahrhunderts: „Kommunikative Planung“ sowie „Neo-Institutionalismus und Governance“. Mit ihnen verbindet sich die erfolgreiche Überwindung einer technokratisch-rationalistischen Vorstellung von Planung. Kommunikation, Macht und Konflikt werden zu zentralen Kategorien der Auseinandersetzung mit der Planungsrealität.
Der ARL Reader Planungstheorie leistet eine umfassende und doch pointierte Bestandsaufnahme des Diskussionsstandes. Als Sammelwerk präsentiert er Debatten bestimmende Originaltexte bekannter Autoren. Diese werden durch namhafte Planungswissenschaftler eingeordnet und kritisch diskutiert. Damit bietet der Band einen so bisher nie da gewesenen Überblick über die Grundlagen der aktuellen planungstheoretischen Debatten für Studierende der Raum- und Planungswissenschaften sowie fachlich interessierte Wissenschaftler und Praktiker. (further information)
By Catherine van Rijswijck, 17 July, 2019
The city of Amsterdam has been growing at a rapid pace and is often portrayed as an urban success story. However, attracting migrants, investors, businesses as well as tourists means that this extraordinary growth brings with it certain drawbacks. Housing unaffordability as well as crowded cycling lanes, streets and public spaces take their toll on the quality of life in the city. Yet the Dutch capital is not alone because globalization, migration, climate change and digitalisation are interrelated challenges that all metropolitan areas face.
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