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Normative future visioning: a critical pedagogy for transformative adaptation

Comelli, Thaisa; Pelling, Mark; Hope, Max; Ensor, Jonathan; Filippi, Maria Evangelina; Menteşe, Emin Yahya; McCloskey, John; (2024) Normative future visioning: a critical pedagogy for transformative adaptation. Buildings and Cities , 5 (1) pp. 83-100. 10.5334/bc.385. Green open access

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Abstract

Normative future visioning (NFV) offers a critical approach that can respond to the challenges of transformative adaptation. In the context of climate crisis, an understanding of the diversity of desired end-states and pathways for good urban futures is fundamental to fostering cooperation and inspiring purposeful action that can challenge and transform unsustainable processes and behaviours, and researching these processes. This paper contributes to transformative adaptation and climate resilient development by conceptualising NFV as a critical pedagogy. This framing understands NFV as a collective learning experience that can lead to emancipation and transformative action. A novel Encounter–Change Framework is proposed as a general mechanism for evaluating NFV methods. The framework is tested through the Tomorrow’s Cities project across its NFV deployment in nine cities: Quito, Istanbul, Nairobi, Kathmandu, Rapti, Nablus, Dar es Salaam, Cox’s Bazar and Chattogram. General lessons highlight the importance for NFV evaluation of analysing both methodological detail and its positioning within wider policy and planning processes. Detailed empirical findings reveal key lessons and challenges that emerge from practice – related to time, ethics, co-production, diversity, consensus, equity and authorship. These inform both NFV and other participatory experiences that aim at transformation.

Type: Article
Title: Normative future visioning: a critical pedagogy for transformative adaptation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/bc.385
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bc.385
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2024 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See: http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: Adaptation; cities; critical pedagogies; future visioning; normative; urban climate action; urban planning
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10190318
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