Publication: Adapting to adaptation: flexible planning, policy making, and the transition from reaction to (pro)action
Traditional planning relies on a cycle of plan formulation/implementation/revision to keep planning instruments up-to-date and more or less effective in face of evolving planning contexts. The inability of static physical plans to respond to changes in the planning context (such as shifts in demographic trends, varying demands for certain land-uses, requests for new facilities or infrastructures, or the obsolescence of others) has been the subject of a long line of inquiry in planning theory. The frequent revision of a plan may help in increasing the plan’s adherence to the changing reality, but in essence, a plan becomes increasingly obsolete from the moment it is crystalized in a fixed regulation and maps. As a response, several innovations have been introduced to the planning practice so as to allow the plan to remain as suited as possible to the evolving planning context, such as scenario planning or flexible planning (Friedman 2007).
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity, Lisbon, 11-14th July, 2017
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