1st Edition

Dislocation: Awkward Spatial Transitions

Edited By Philip Cooke Copyright 2021
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    Today, the world is in the most serious turmoil it has experienced for many centuries. These multiple crises arise from the fundamental mistreatment by capitalist competition of the carrying capacity of the planet. Even before coronavirus, evidently morbid symptoms of over-development led many spatial planners to write of the threat of a new Dark Age. Many advocated a return to policy decentralisation as the Covid-19 crisis demonstrated once again the failure of ‘global controller’ mindsets to manage complex systems successfully.

    Dislocation: Awkward Spatial Transitions is a critical exploration of where spatial development processes and rules have gone wrong across many economies. The chapters lay out which mindsets have been responsible for this and gives pointers to new practices that aim to ameliorate the effects of past failings. In the first nine chapters, a mapping of key elements of the prevailing omni-crisis are summarised. These range from an exegesis of the Anthropocene, the rise of populism, the transition to neoliberalist anti-planning, and migration as planning issues with pleas for evolutionary change in spatial policy and process dynamics. Finally, a group of chapters explores the flailing as territorial governances tried to plot the rise of creative cities, 4.0 era industry and services, and in the built form, the role of 'starchitects' in city renewal. In the last part, attention is devoted to territorial innovation, knowledge recombination, sustainable mobility and, finally, green entrepreneurship, as necessary elements of a post-coronavirus, climate change mitigation and sustainable mobility set of survival strategies.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal European Planning Studies.

    1. Retrospect and prospect: from a new dark age to a new dawn of planning enlightenment

    Philip Cooke

    2. Between the frog and the eagle: claiming a ‘Scholarship of Presence’ for the Anthropocene

    Maria Kaika

    3. Neoliberalization, uneven development, and Brexit: further reflections on the organic crisis of the British state and society

    Bob Jessop

    4. Immigration strategies of cities: local growth policies and urban planning in Germany

    Manfred Kühn

    5. Regional resilience: a stretched concept?

    Klaas Fröhlich and Robert Hassink

    6. Regional innovation policies for new path development – beyond neo-liberal and traditional systemic views

    Franz Tödtling and Michaela Trippl

    7. New perspectives on the evolution of clusters

    Fiorenza Belussi

    8. Generative growth with ‘thin’ globalization: Cambridge’s crossover model of innovation

    Philip Cooke

    9. The entrepreneurial university and the region: what role for entrepreneurship departments?

    Rhiannon Pugh, Wadid Lamine, Sarah Jack and Eleanor Hamilton

    10. Rethinking city transformation: Florence from art city to creative fashion city

    Luciana Lazzeretti and Stefania Oliva

    11. Situating architectural performance: ‘star architecture’ and its roles in repositioning the cities of Graz, Lucerne and Wolfsburg

    Nadia Alaily-Mattar, Dominik Bartmanski, Johannes Dreher, Michael Koch, Martina Löw, Timothy Pape and Alain Thierstein

    12. Firm Performance, Innovation Modes and Territorial Embeddedness

    Sergio Leal Nunes and Raul Lopes

    13. Knowledge bases in German regions: what hinders combinatorial knowledge dynamics and how regional innovation policies may help

    Tatjana Bennat and Rolf Sternberg

    14. The ‘Dark Triad’ story of widespread entrepreneurial decline and a future recovery discourse

    Philip Cooke

    15. Wishful thinking? Towards a more realistic role for universities in regional innovation policy

    Louise Kempton

    16. Place leadership and the challenge of transformation: policy platforms and innovation ecosystems in promotion of green growth

    Markku Sotarauta and Nina Suvinen


    Philip Cooke is Professor in the Mohn Center for Innovation and Regional Development at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway, and Editor of the journal European Planning Studies. He is the author of 250 academic papers and author/editor of over 30 books and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Lund (Sweden) and the University of Lappeenranta (Finland).