Spatial Planning and the Complexity of Turbulent, Open Environments

About Purposeful Interventions in a World of Non-Linear Change

Authored by: Gert de Roo

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138905016
eBook ISBN: 9781315696072
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What planners should know: revolution and evolution are as real and essential to life as water and air. Traditionally, planners’ concerns are about effectively intervening in space and place, hence the desire for controlled environments. Since the 1990s, planners have also preferred to act on the basis of consensus among the various parties involved to attain an agreed-upon world. Revolution, evolution or whatever kind of change is current is usually not part of a planner’s ideas about what the world should look like. Here we challenge the suggestion of a controlled world and an agreed reality. The message here is that aside from controlled environments, we should also accept that our daily environments can be full of unintended, autonomous and surprising change. We would be wise to live by this understanding, whether we like it or not.

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