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Contextualizing anticipation: planning for futures and the present in Bordeaux
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0464-321x
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.

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2021.
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-338124OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-338124DiVA, id: diva2:1805067
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STS-CH Conference by the Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology & Society, 15-17 February 2021, Online
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QC 20231106

Available from: 2023-10-16 Created: 2023-10-16 Last updated: 2023-11-06Bibliographically approved

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