1st Edition

Mobilising Place Management

Edited By Claus Lassen, Lea Holst Laursen Copyright 2021
    254 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Mobilising Place Management makes an important contribution to the mobilities field by arguing for the need to rethink place management. It takes a point of departure in the mobilities turn and relational place thinking while exploring the relationship between place and mobility.

    In a world of increasing mobility and global competition between nations, cities and urban regions, the managing of places seems more relevant than ever before. By examining various examples of place and mobilities that range from the airport, rural village, tourist site, port-city to the city region, this book argues that the management of places can be informed and enhanced by installing a greater awareness and understanding of mobility.

    This insight could potentially improve the ability of current place management to translate a relational and mobilities-orientated thinking into concrete actions, instructions, interventions, designs, plans, policies and management control systems. The book will be essential reading for researchers, practitioners and students in the field of place management and across urban studies, planning, design, geography, sociology, tourism, transport and history.

    Part 1: Introduction

    1. Mobilising Place Management

    Claus Lassen and Lea Holst Laursen

    Part 2: Changing Place Management Practices

    2. Mobile Encounters and Meeting Places in Motion

    Mathilde Dissing Christensen and Lasse Martin Kofoed

    3. Hope of Flows: Mobilising an Urban Region

    Mikkel Thelle

    4. Entangled Networks in Place-specific Tourism Development

    Lea Holst Laursen

    5. Mobilising for the Diffuse Market-town Hotel

    Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt and Thomas Skou Grindsted

    6. The Paradox of a Transit Hub

    Ida Gøtzsche Lange

    7. Rural Development Through Mobilities Thinking

    Gunvor Riber Larsen

    8. Small Airports

    Claus Lassen

    9. The Making of Hub Airports

    Krzysztof Janko, Jens Hundevad Bloch and Claus Lassen

    Part 3: Epilogue

    10. Mobile Place Management: A Future Approach for Place Managers?

    Lea Holst Laursen, Claus Lassen, and Ida Gøtzsche Lange


    Claus Lassen is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology and co-founder and director of the interdisciplinary C-MUS Centre of Mobility and Urban Studies at Aalborg University. His research focuses on changing social relations in the light of international air travel.

    Lea Holst Laursen is Associated Professor; Architecture and Urban Design section-head, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University and board member of the Center for Mobility and Urban Studies (C-MUS). Her research concerns urban and landscape transformation, place-making and site-specific development potentials.

    "This is a timely book. The importance of mobility to place management has never been so apparent. The places we live, work, use for recreation and visit as tourists are all fundamentally defined by imaginations, expectations, hopes and the materialities of mobility. This book creatively covers all of these concerns and does so in a way that eloquently considers their intersections, whether in the airport, urban meeting place or rural setting. Anyone interested in mobilities, places and their management will appreciate the way this book deals with contemporary complexities whilst offering a range of insights and lessons from the Danish context."

    Prof James Faulconbridge, Lancaster University, UK

    "The issue of mobility is often, and paradoxically, an unthought of in the design and management of public spaces. This book tackles this essential issue in a very in-depth way. It is essential for urban planning practitioners and researchers."

    Vincent Kaufmann, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne