Towards a New Planning Vocabulary: Developing a Catalogue of Nonconventional Approaches to Steering and Planning Shrinking Territories

By Andreas Luescher and Lea Holst Laursen.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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The main tenet of this paper is that current planning approaches are insufficient to handle the transformation of shrinking territories from an urban design point of view. The paper will address and explore the re-thinking of planning and design approaches to shrinking territories by characterizing the behaviors and characteristics of environments suffering from decline in population and economy. The paper unveils the positive as well as the negative aspects of the different design interventions conducted and shows which agencies are behind the initiatives. It categorizes both predictable and nonconventional approaches that have been proposed or implemented when local governments find that sections of their cities become unwieldy. Toward that end, the paper defines six goals based on twelve applications within a matrix of strategies. The matrix provides specific examples of application in order to develop a catalogue both of representative and nonconventional approaches to steering the rehabilitation of shrinking territories.

Keywords: Conditions, Challenges, Planning Environments, Matrix of Strategies,, Nonconventional Approaches, Urban Shrinkage

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.19-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 17, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.571MB)).

Dr. Andreas Luescher

Professor, Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

Dr. Lea Holst Laursen

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, North Denmark, Denmark