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Lindblad, J. & Anand, N. (2023). Cities after planning. Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cities after planning
2023 (English)In: Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space, ISSN 0263-7758, E-ISSN 1472-3433Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Publications, 2023
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-338130 (URN)10.1177/02637758231202863 (DOI)
Note

QC 20231016

Available from: 2023-10-16 Created: 2023-10-16 Last updated: 2023-10-16Bibliographically approved
Lindblad, J. (2023). From ecosystem services to ecosystem carers: reorienting urban planning policy through soil practices. In: : . Paper presented at Swedish Anthropology Association annual conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 27-29 April, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From ecosystem services to ecosystem carers: reorienting urban planning policy through soil practices
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Urban planning is undergoing an ecological turn in attempts to address climate and biodiversity crises. Ecosystem service (ES) assessments has gained influence in this turn, as a means to address environmental issues. The critique on ES stresses that these evaluations of nature’s value in terms of how well an ecological phenomena serves human well-being rely on anthropocentrism and fail to acknowledge for multi-species interdependencies. In this paper, we seek to resituate the human in ES by visiting urban gardeners’ work with soils. Soils, a bioinfrastructure invisible in ES assessments and approached in urban planning as an extractive resource, have proven generative for social sciences and humanities to rethink human-environment relations. Joining this line of work, we draw on our own and others’ ethnographic engagements with soil practitioners. Urban soil growers define themselves and their practices in terms of servicing (rather than merely receiving) and caring for local ecosystems. These care practices are informed by a concern for the environmental challenges that we are facing on different scales and unequal terms. To learn from and find ways to recognize these practices, we try out a reconceptualization of ES from a receiving position of services towards an ecosystem caring. This implies grappling with the notion of care as accommodating ambivalent human-environment relations beyond technoscientific management of bioinfrastructures.

National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-338122 (URN)
Conference
Swedish Anthropology Association annual conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 27-29 April, 2023
Note

QC 20231016

Available from: 2023-10-16 Created: 2023-10-16 Last updated: 2023-10-16Bibliographically approved
Lindblad, J. (2023). Planning context: Flexible plans and mayoral authority in French urban planning. Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Planning context: Flexible plans and mayoral authority in French urban planning
2023 (English)In: Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space, ISSN 0263-7758, E-ISSN 1472-3433Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I consider the relationship between urban planning and context by investigating the planning practices associated with a land-use plan in Bordeaux described as “adapted to context.” Invested with flexible rules, the plan description followed a tendency in French urban planning concerned with being strategic, prospective, and participatory. It was also the result of metropolitan planning. Through an ethnographic account, I show how local politicians’ references to context related to concerns with mayoral authority in times of planning powers transferred to the metropole. Using permit reviewers’ skills, mayors mobilized flexible rules to manipulate building permit decisions prepared in compliance with the metropolitan plan. It is widely acknowledged that urban planning is affected by as well as affecting different contexts. I outline a complementing approach by drawing on engagements with context in anthropology and STS-scholarship, to propose that the practices associated with the same notion in Bordeaux are telling of how urban planning contributes to making contexts. Since calls for context direct attention and shape which issues and local communities are prioritized, these insights on the relationship between planning and context urge attention to how appeals to context, as never value-neutral or ready-made, gain importance across different urban planning issues and settings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Publications, 2023
Keywords
Context, planning, cities, Bordeaux, municipalities
National Category
Social Anthropology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-334974 (URN)10.1177/02637758231196412 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-01414Swedish Research Council, 2014-01414
Note

QC 20230901

Available from: 2023-08-30 Created: 2023-08-30 Last updated: 2023-09-01Bibliographically approved
Lindblad, J. (2022). Life Among Urban Planners: Practice, Professionalism, and Expertise in the Making of the City [Review]. The Anthropology Book Forum, 8(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Life Among Urban Planners: Practice, Professionalism, and Expertise in the Making of the City
2022 (English)In: The Anthropology Book Forum, Vol. 8, no 1Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Anthropology Book Forum: , 2022
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-320833 (URN)
Note

QC 20221123

Available from: 2022-11-01 Created: 2022-11-01 Last updated: 2022-11-23Bibliographically approved
Lindblad, J. & Holmstedt, J. (2022). Soiling the City, Composting the Museum Soil Blindness and Soil Imaginaries in Urbanized Landscapes and Heritage Conservation. In: Part of Workshop nr 3 Soils as sites of emergency and transformation: . Paper presented at NESS - Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference 2022, Gothenburg, Sweden, 7-9 June, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Soiling the City, Composting the Museum Soil Blindness and Soil Imaginaries in Urbanized Landscapes and Heritage Conservation
2022 (English)In: Part of Workshop nr 3 Soils as sites of emergency and transformation, 2022Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-339303 (URN)
Conference
NESS - Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference 2022, Gothenburg, Sweden, 7-9 June, 2022
Note

QC 20231121

Available from: 2023-11-06 Created: 2023-11-06 Last updated: 2023-11-21Bibliographically approved
Lindblad, J. (2021). Contextualizing anticipation: planning for futures and the present in Bordeaux. In: STS-CH Conference by the Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology & Society, 15-17 February 2021: . Paper presented at STS-CH Conference by the Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology & Society, 15-17 February 2021, Online.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contextualizing anticipation: planning for futures and the present in Bordeaux
2021 (English)In: STS-CH Conference by the Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology & Society, 15-17 February 2021, 2021Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

When the city of Bordeaux initiated a revision of its land use plan, essentially an anticipatory activity drawing on pasts, contemporary concerns and aspirations for the future, the planning department and politicians assured that it was to become ‘contextualized’. Inspired by Asdal and Moser’s (2012) proposition to elaborate on “contexting,” as a move that recognizes the overlapping presence of multiple contexts shaped through practices, I carry out a contextualization of what a ‘contextualized plan’ came to mean in Bordeaux. I do this based on fieldwork among planners, permit reviewers, local politicians and planning documents. The plan revision unfolded to the background of two interrelated shifts in France: the scaling of land use planning from municipalities towards larger metropoles, and reforms enhancing the flexibility of plans to ensure their adjustability towards unpredictable futures and unruly environments. By tracing the intentions that had been invested in the plan and how it operated in the realm of building permit reviewing, I show how the intersection of legal, technical and political temporalities was strategically made use of by different actors. Among these were local politicians’ uses of the increased flexibility to insure an authority over land use decisions in spite of the plan. The anticipatory activity of plan making, I argue, was as much about the future that it laid out, as it was a political struggle over capacity to act on planning decisions in an unfolding present.

National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-338124 (URN)
Conference
STS-CH Conference by the Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology & Society, 15-17 February 2021, Online
Note

QC 20231106

Available from: 2023-10-16 Created: 2023-10-16 Last updated: 2023-11-06Bibliographically approved
Lindblad, J. (2021). Jordlager i lagar – ytvärden och djupvärden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Jordlager i lagar – ytvärden och djupvärden
2021 (Swedish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-335388 (URN)
Note

QC 20230906

Available from: 2023-09-06 Created: 2023-09-06 Last updated: 2023-09-06Bibliographically approved
Lindblad, J., Adolfsson, P. & Peacock, S. (2021). Translations of sustainability in urban planning documents: A longitudinal study of comprehensive plans in three European cities. Cities, 119, Article ID 103360.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Translations of sustainability in urban planning documents: A longitudinal study of comprehensive plans in three European cities
2021 (English)In: Cities, ISSN 0264-2751, E-ISSN 1873-6084, Vol. 119, article id 103360Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainability is a concept characterized by its longevity: it remains, after several decades, a popular concept within public organizations, as well as public discourse more generally. In this paper, we trace various translations of sustainability in urban planning documents of three mid-sized cities in Northwest Europe. Emphasizing the importance of a longitudinal approach to assess the uses and definitions of sustainability, we examine translations of the concept across plans through an analytical framework that considers the hierarchical, sequential and integrative linkages between different urban policy documents to understand how local uses of the concept change or remain similar over time. The examination of change and continuity in the translations of sustainability offers insights into how the different manifestations of the concept are influenced by policies external to the city administrations, as well as by imitations of internal, previous policies. This study adds to previous research on contents of plans in relation to how descriptions of concepts take form in a web of interrelated planning and policy documents over time. This paper does so by showing how sustainability as a concept remains on the agenda by being translated into different times and settings, constantly reused with other ideas, and thereby made continuously relevant.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier BV, 2021
Keywords
Sustainability, Policy, Urban planning, Comprehensive plans, European city
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies; Planning and Decision Analysis; Planning and Decision Analysis, Strategies for sustainable development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-301863 (URN)10.1016/j.cities.2021.103360 (DOI)000705333600007 ()2-s2.0-85112704082 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-01414
Note

QC 20211103

Available from: 2021-09-14 Created: 2021-09-14 Last updated: 2022-06-25Bibliographically approved
Lindblad, J. (2020). Contextual temporalities: plans, planners and power in Bordeaux, France. In: : . Paper presented at 16th EASA Biennial Conference EASA2020: New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe, Lisbon, Portugal, 21-24 July, 2020.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contextual temporalities: plans, planners and power in Bordeaux, France
2020 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Urban planning in France is undergoing a shift. It is a shift in scale from plan-making in smaller municipalities towards larger metropoles, and a shift towards more flexibility to ensure that development plans are adjustable to unpredictable near-futures. When the city of Bordeaux revised its land-use plan towards the background of this shift, they sought to prepare a ‘contextualized’ plan. In this paper, I engage with the implications of this claim based on fieldwork among planners, bureaucrats, local politicians and planning documents in Bordeaux. In discussions among planning practitioners and theorists, context is a notion often sympathetically associated with bottom-up approaches and sensitivity to local communities. Rather than resonating with such assumptions, I show how the idea of a contextualized plan in Bordeaux was charged with manipulations of bureaucratic, legal and political temporalities in struggles over authority and democratic legitimacy. Local politicians seeing their decision power reduced following the shift of scales made use of the increased flexibility to influence in other stages of planning procedures, particularly reviewing of building permits. The call for a ‘contextualized’ plan was riddled with adverse relations between planners’ further-looking perspectives and local politicians’ strive for assuring authority over planning decisions in an unfolding presence, suggesting an importance to attend to diverse and conflicting temporalities embedded in calls for ‘context’. 

National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-338125 (URN)
Conference
16th EASA Biennial Conference EASA2020: New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe, Lisbon, Portugal, 21-24 July, 2020
Note

QC 20231016

Available from: 2023-10-16 Created: 2023-10-16 Last updated: 2023-10-16Bibliographically approved
Metzger, J. & Lindblad, J. (Eds.). (2020). Dilemmas of Sustainable Urban Development: A View from Practice. Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dilemmas of Sustainable Urban Development: A View from Practice
2020 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2020. p. 254
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-283560 (URN)9780367266608 (ISBN)
Projects
Organizing the sustainable city: planning, strategy, governance, management
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-01414
Note

QC 20201014

Available from: 2020-10-07 Created: 2020-10-07 Last updated: 2022-06-25Bibliographically approved
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