Conceptions of Space and Place in Strategic Spatial Planning by Simin Davoudi, Ian Strange

By Simin Davoudi, Ian Strange

Bringing jointly authors from academia and perform, this book examines spatial making plans at assorted areas through the British Isles. Six illustrative case reviews of perform research which conceptions of area and position were articulated, offered and visualized during the creation of spatial strategies. Ranging from a wide conurbation (London) to nearby (Yorkshire and Humber) and nationwide degrees, the case reviews supply a rounded and level-headed view of the actual effects and the speculation at the back of them.

While there's common aid for re-orienting making plans in the direction of area and position, there was little universal knowing approximately what constitutes ‘spatial planning’, and what conceptions of house and position underpin it. This book addresses those questions and stimulates debate and important puzzling over house and position between educational planners.

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These are: a growing interest in participatory planning; the search for place identify and cultural specificity; an page_37 Page 38 appreciation of the historicity of places and the turn to heritage; the primacy of mixed and flexible land use; and a return to the ‘human scale’, urban compactness and high-density development. In terms of postmodernism’s influence on spatial thinking and planning there are a number of issues that can be highlighted in relation to both the content and the process of planning.

2004:349) Despite the varieties of post-structuralist thinking, what all have in common is their opposition to the idea that single underlying structures determine social action. Similarly, all assert that all forms of representation have shared meanings or discourses, and that these discourses ‘shape and create the world through the underlying assumptions … that they incorporate’ (Knox and Pinch 2000:5). Post-structuralist thinking has been highly influential in the social sciences. Indeed, in disciplines such as human geography and history the turn to representation and the search for ‘meaning’ and ‘assumption’ underlying the discursive practices of individual and collective actors have led to the analysis of ‘culture’ as a key aspect of post-structuralist work.

The phrase ‘the Welsh economy’ can be misleading when it implies a degree of interconnection (and even shared interests) that simply does not exist. Policy interventions by any level of government will therefore have different implications for different parts of the economy and, because economic life is spatial, for different places (Boyns 2005). That government should intervene to facilitate restructuring is an hegemonic idea in Wales (Rees and Lambert 1981), enjoying support across the political spectrum.

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