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Contested framings of urban qualities: Dis/qualifications of value in urban development controversies
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2017 (English)In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063XArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What makes a place what it is? What makes it valuable? Questions of this type inevitably relate to practices that articulate urban qualities. This paper investigates the processes and practices through which urban qualities are dis/qualified in urban development processes. Such practices frequently tend to focus on particular urban areas and their development, where some concrete and specific situated value is sensed to be at stake, and therefore often come to play out as struggles over the definition of the supposed ‘essence’ of a particular place, and with this, its qualities and value. The paper brings together the literatures of valuation studies and discussions of framing practices in relation to urban development. Drawing upon these theoretical groundings it conceptualises the dis/qualification of urban qualities as a form of ontological politics which articulates value by way of framing practices. Through the analysis of an empirical case drawn from a Swedish context it is argued that although values and qualities can be negotiated, it is nonetheless always highly uncertain to which degree value-negotiations will hold steady further downstream in the urban development process.

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Sage Publications, 2017.
Keyword [en]
framing, ontological politics, urban development, urban qualities, valuation studies
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Planning and Decision Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-219368DOI: 10.1177/0042098017712831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-219368DiVA: diva2:1162551
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Swedish Research Council Formas
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Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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