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Strategic Spatial Projects

Catalysts for Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Stijn Oosterlynck, Jef Van den Broeck, Louis Albrechts, Frank Moulaert, Ann Verhetsel


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Strategic Spatial Projects presents four years of case study research and theoretical discussions on strategic spatial projects in Europe and North America. It takes the position that planning is not well equipped to take on its current challenges if it is considered as only a regulatory and administrative activity. There is an urgent need to develop a mode of planning that aims to innovate in spatial as well as social terms.

This timely, important book is for spatial planning, urban design and community development and policy studies courses. For academics, researchers and students in planning, urban design, urban studies, human and economic geography, public administration and policy studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Strategic Spatial Planning Through Strategic Projects Stijn Oosterlynck, Louis Albrechts and Jef Van den Broeck Part 1: Spatial Transformation Through Social Innovation 2. Transformative Practices: Where Strategic Spatial Planning Meets Social Innovation Louis Albrechts 3.Multiple Voices, Competing Spatial Claims: Social Innovation and the Transformation of the Angus Locoshops Brownfield Site (Montréal) Barbara Van Dyck 4. Analyzing Social Innovation Through Planning Instruments. A Strategic-Relational Approach Pieter Van den Broeck 5. Commentary: When Solidarity Boosts Strategic Planning Frank Moulaert Part 2: Designing Strategic Projects for Spatial Quality 6. Spatial Design as a Strategy for a Qualitative Social-spatial Transformation Jef Van den Broeck 7. Developing Shared Terms for Spatial Quality Through Design Marleen Goethals and Jan Schreurs 8. Transcending Boundaries: Design as a Medium for Integration in the ‘Rurban’ Landscape Elke Vanempten 9. Commentary: Some Reflections on the Project as Producer of Knowledge Paola Vigano 10. Commentary 2: Some Reflections on Design as a Medium for Integration in the ‘Rurban’ Landscape Bernardo Secchi Part 3: Social and Spatial Sustainability in Strategic Projects 11. Why Sustainability is so Fragilely Social… Frank Moulaert 12. Strategies for Sustainable Spatial Development: Operationalizing Sustainability in Strategic Projects Stijn Oosterlynck, Trui Maes and Han Verschure 13. Understanding Land Use Conflicts in Strategic Urban Projects: Lessons from Ghent Sint Pieters Tom Coppens 14. Commentary: Strategic Projects: From Sustainability to Resilience? Jean Hillier 15. Epilogue Stijn Oosterlynck, Jef Van den Broeck and Louis Albrechts

About the Editors

Stijn Oosterlynck is Lecturer in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp and Post-doctoral Research Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders in the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Spatial Planning and the Institute of Social and Economic Geography at K.U.Leuven, Belgium.

Jef Van den Broeck is Honorary Professor in the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Spatial Planning at K.U.Leuven, Belgium.

Louis Albrechts is Emeritus Professor of Planning in the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Spatial Planning at K.U.Leuven, Belgium.

Frank Moulaert is Professor of Spatial Planning in the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Spatial Planning at K.U.Leuven, Belgium.

Ann Verhetsel is Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Economics in the Faculty of Applied Economics of the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

About the Series

RTPI Library Series

Published in conjunction with the Royal Town Planning Institute [], this series of leading edge texts is intended for academics, educators, students and practitioners in planning and related fields. Written by globally renowned authors the series looks at all aspects of spatial planning theory and practice from a comparative and international perspective.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development