Methodologies for Collective Future Explorations in Actor and Action-Oriented Territorial Development

Kuhk, Annette and Schreurs, Jan (2015) Methodologies for Collective Future Explorations in Actor and Action-Oriented Territorial Development. REAL CORP 2015. PLAN TOGETHER – RIGHT NOW – OVERALL. From Vision to Reality for Vibrant Cities and Regions. Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 827-839.

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Future explorations are an essential component of spatial planning. In this, the complexity of issues often requires a collective learning process. We find this future-orientation for instance in scenario analysis and research-by-design, which are developed and used by distinct research or professional groups. Being part of different (paradigmatic) frameworks can hinder a combined use. In this paper, we explore how integrating - or at least interrelating- concept-driven and design-driven future explorations can contribute to imagining complex man-environment relations. In this, we study how a widened understanding of 'boundary objects’, based on the initial definition from Star & Griesemer (1989) can help to integrate these approaches in planning practices. Thus, this paper aims to focus on the roles of different kinds of boundary objects, from shared concepts and shared problematisation to shared methodologies. The study is developed for the government-funded Policy Research Centre for Spatial Planning in Flanders that accepted the challenge to scientifically support the development of co-evolutionary and cyclical planning approaches. Closely related to this ambition, we initiated several experimental Living Labs as a test bed for innovative tools and implementation strategies. The paper discusses the preliminary outcomes and relevance of a collaborative research project and collective learning experience that is intended to be continued until December 2015.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: methodology, spatial living labs, boundary objects, future explorations, collective learning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 13:36
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2016 13:36

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