In this innovative work Jean Hillier develops a new theory for students and researchers of spatial planning and governance which is grounded primarily in the work of Gilles Deleuze. The theory recognizes the complex interrelation between place qualities and the multiple space-time relational dynamics of spatial governance. Using empirical examples from England and Australia, Hillier identifies the power of networks and trajectories through which various actors territorialize space and explores the social and political responsibilities of spatial managers and decision-makers. She considers what spatial planning and urban management practices could look like if they were to be developed along Deleuzean lines, and suggests alternative framings for spatial practice: broad trajectories or 'visions' of the longer-term future and shorter-term, location-specific detailed plans and projects with collaboratively determined tangible goals.
'This book challenges the spirit and purpose of spatial planning. But it does much more than that. It also sketches out an alternative practice of planning which literally makes space for alternative ways of being. A vibrant and important book.' Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick, UK 'Finally, a planning theory text that begins to make sense of the complexity of our globalized world. Commencing with its great title, it sets the scope for an effective democratic planning process for our interconnected world. This is a must-read, not just for planners, but for everyone concerned about the management of change and governance in the twenty-first century.' Michael Gunder, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Contents: Preface: the dilemma of a middle or the middle of a dilemma; Part 1: 'A Thickness on Which Shadows Play': Shadows of the future; Transdisciplinary shadows; 'Following the witch's flight': artfully introducing Deleuzoguattarian ideas; Part 2 Resonances, Interferences, Encounters and Connections: Sweeping the dust of fixities: reconceptualizing time and space in planning and governance; Land, rights, laws: legalized obliteration of spatial meanings, knowledges and beliefs; Woven, knotted and matted: entangled complex systems and non-linear dynamics of space-time;On justice between absence and presence: the 'ghost ships' of Graythorp. Part 3 Straddling the Abyss: Coming from the outside of thought: problematising representation as a step towards a postrepresentational theory of spatial planning and governance; Planning and governance as speculative experimentation: a postrepresentational theory; Multiplanar planning: crossing the threshold into practice; Turbulence within the flow; References; Index.