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Why do we need Governance? Why and how we need to incorporate governance in urbanism studies Prepared by Roberto Rocco, Verena Balz with the help of Prof. Wil Ζonneveld Section Spatial Planning and Strategy/ OTB Urbanism @ TUDelft

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When planning and designing for people, a few questions must be answered in order to make your plan and design relevant and realistic.

Who does what why and how?

In which capacity do actors act? Who initiates the project? Who is responsible for each phase? Who finances? Who carries out negotiations?

Most important: To which needs or wishes of stakeholders does the project cater for?

In other words:

who wants this project?

What is the role of the designer/ planner? WHAT’S YOUR ROLE?

Emergence of new kinds of design connected to the design of PROCESSES ...will have a huge impact on the physical design


Governance (normative) Civil Society

Private Sector

Public Sector Positive tension: checks and balances

Governance (descriptive) Civil Society

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Civil Coalitions between sectors and within sectors

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Urban planners & Designers

You must also design the role you play and the role of other actors in the Civil Private Society process Sector How to engage with investors? Civil And with civil society? What Public role does the government have?Sector What is your relationship with them?

Public Sector

Urban planners & Designers

What does governance respond to? Different capacities from different actors.

Different kinds of knowledge (narratives).

Multiplicity of points of view and diverging objectives.

Changes in governing & planning and designing for cities Emergence of a particular style of decision-making where there must be sustained co-ordination and coherence among a wide variety of actors with different purposes and views of society, different types of knowledge and different objectives. Adapted from Papadopoulos, 2007

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Physical Sciences

Regional Design • The production and use of spatial representations. • Concerned about regional spatial development.

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‘A plan is an arena of struggle’ ‘The product of interaction between a range of parties. The plan may become a point of reference for continuing interaction within which discourses may evolve. Each of those discourses has its own story line.

FALUDI, A. & VAN DER VALK, A. J. J. 1994. Rule and Order: Dutch Planning Doctrine in the Twentieth Century, Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

‘A plan is an arena of struggle’ Plan preparation thus involves 'making story lines'. More often, however, pre-existing 'stories' and strategies are consolidated and translated into reference criteria for future decisions. A plan is also 'an arena of struggle' (Faludi & Korthals Altes, 1994, p. 405, based on Healey, 1993).’

Regional design is... • ... a technical expertise, to integrate analytical knowledge in the light of a normative agenda. • ... a political practice, a form of advocacy that increases the quality of decisions though introducing alternative political points of views. • ... a form of territorial management, employed in policy making to avoid conflict.

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The use of planning concepts • In the context of organizational reform (devolution of planning, governance, privatization, Europeanization, legal reform): +How are planning concepts used in the context of organizational change? +What ideas about spatial organization emerge in the context of regional governance and planning?


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Regional design • In the context of regional governance and planning: +How does regional design assist with the construction of consensus among actors with conflicting goals? +How does the practice help the construction of guiding normative principles for planning (structural visions)? +What new kinds of design emerge in the context of regional governance?

Projects and proposals • • • • • • •

SUME Sustainable Urban Metabolism for Europe, FP 7 project; 2008-2011 ESPON TANGO Territorial Approaches for New Governance PLEEC Planning for Energy Efficient Cities, FP 7 project; 2013-2016 ITOD Implementing Transit-Oriented Development, NWO funded; 2012 – 2014 ESPON North Sea STAR, North Sea Region; 2013 Randstad Reader HORIZON 2020, The territorial dimension of North West European energy planning spaces.

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Prepared by Roberto Rocco and Verena Balz Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy, TU Delft

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