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Urban Design and Planning Participation in the Digital Age: Lessons from an Experimental Online Platform

Marshall, Stephen; Farndon, David; Hudson-Smith, Andrew; Kourniotis, Athanasios; Karadimitriou, Nikos; (2024) Urban Design and Planning Participation in the Digital Age: Lessons from an Experimental Online Platform. Smart Cities , 7 (1) pp. 615-632. 10.3390/smartcities7010025. Green open access

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Abstract

There is increasing use of digital technologies in urban planning, including in the generation of designs and the participative side of planning. We examine this digital planning by reporting on the application of an experimental online participatory platform in the regeneration of a London housing estate, enabling reflection on participation processes and outcomes. Drawing on lessons learned, the paper synthesises a conceptual representation of online participation and a relational framework for understanding the participatory platform and its context. We subsequently develop a ‘matrix of participative space’, building on Arnstein’s ‘ladder of participation’, to present a two-dimensional framework of online participation, identifying cases of ‘participative deficit’ and ‘democratic deficit’. We conclude with implications for future digital participation in urban planning and design.

Type: Article
Title: Urban Design and Planning Participation in the Digital Age: Lessons from an Experimental Online Platform
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/smartcities7010025
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/smartcities7010025
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright: © 2024 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Swierland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Aribution (CC BY) license (hps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: public participation; digital technology; urban planning; urban design; 3D modelling; Arnstein’s ladder of participation
UCL classification: UCL
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 > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10187287
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