Rethinking planning cultures : From evidence-based research to conceptual implications

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Planning cultures was for a long period of time perceived as merely an academic concept. However, in recent years, scholars have turned to evidence based research to provide a more profound understanding of the notion of planning cultures (Othengrafen et al, 2015). Notwithstanding, planning offers a plethora of topics potentially serving as windows of investigation for planning cultures. The aim of this paper is to synthesize insight from two different angles of investigating planning cultures: shrinking cities and border regions. Starting out with own research on shrinking cities and planning cultures (Pallagst et al 2013; 2016), and border regions and planning cultures (Pallagst, forthcoming), this paper introduces results and methodological frames from both realms. In particular, the author’s previous research on shrinking cities made clear that planning cultures can be investigated by evidence based research utilizing the shrinking cities phenomenon. In the second part of the paper the author will make an attempt to derive preconditions from this evidence based research for a critical reflection of planning cultures, which might necessitate a rethinking of the notion of planning cultures.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity, Lisbon, 11-14th July, 2017
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