Urban Planning through Exhibition and Experimentation in Stockholm

Schmitt, Peter and Smas, Lukas and Perjo, Liisa and Tunström, Moa (2016) Urban Planning through Exhibition and Experimentation in Stockholm. REAL CORP 2016 – SMART ME UP! How to become and how to stay a Smart City, and does this improve quality of life? Proceedings of 21st International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 1003-1007.

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In this paper we discuss findings of our case study on the making and implementation of the exhibition 'Experiment Stockholm' in 2015, which, based on artistic exhibits as well as a number of forums, aimed at generating creative narratives for the sustainable urban future in the Swedish capital city-region. Our analytical framework is informed by the emerging notion of 'urban living labs' across Europe as well as 'communicative' and 'actor-relational' planning theory', which is discussed in another paper within the poceedings of this conference (cf. Schmitt et al. 2016). We argue that the exhibition 'Experiment Stockholm' and the activities around it can be characterised as a soft mode of urban governance that can help to unlock creativity and to open up avenues for experimentation and alternative solutions in urban planning. However, caution must be taken to not overvalue such approaches, as our example implies a rather exclusive expert forum instead of a a mode of governance that might be associated with openness and wider engagement. In addition, our example illustrates the significance of suitable and unconventional methods, which otherwise considerably limits the innovative capacity of the participating stakeholders and their search for alternative solutions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban planning, urban governance, urban living lab, exhibition, Stockholm
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 10:14
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2016 10:14
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/180

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