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'Participation as planning': Strategies from the south to challenge the limits of planning

Frediani, AA; Cociña, C; (2019) 'Participation as planning': Strategies from the south to challenge the limits of planning. Built Environment , 45 (2) pp. 143-161. 10.2148/benv.45.2.143. Green open access

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Abstract

Participation and collaborative approaches to planning have become central in urban debates and practices. Critiques to the limitations of ‘participation in planning’, however, have led to the development of a series of approaches that build beyond ‘collaborative’ understandings of planning. Approaches such as insurgent or post-collaborative planning, movement-initiated co-production, socio-spatial learning, agonistic practices or participation as political have moved the understanding of planning towards a wider spectrum of city-making practices, beyond disciplinary and professional boundaries, and in which some forms of participation become the very practice of planning. This article builds upon those debates, proposing an understanding of ‘participation as planning’. Building on Southern urban theory, and recognising the difference between a discussion about participation and one that looks at planning through participation, the article proposes to recognise that there is a range of experiences of participatory city-making taking place in urban contexts, some of which fall into one of the referred categories, while others have remained as a ‘blind-spot’ in planning debates. The article identifies and discusses a series of strategies that have emerged from Southern contexts, and that represent ways of dealing with planning limits: Collective forms of spatial production that respond to the inadequacy of planning instruments to engage with diverse processes of city-making situated beyond dominant practices; partnership-oriented practices that react to the neoliberalisation and financialisation of planning; and advocacy-oriented practices to contest abusive planning practices which violate human rights.

Type: Article
Title: 'Participation as planning': Strategies from the south to challenge the limits of planning
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2148/benv.45.2.143
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2148/benv.45.2.143
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074644
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