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Urban transformative capacity: From concept to practice
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering.
2019 (English)In: AMBIO, Vol. 48, no 5, p. 437-448Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban transformations form a central challenge for enabling global pathways towards sustainability and resilience. However, it remains unclear what kind of capacity is needed to deliver urban change that is actually transformative. Against a backdrop of current claims and efforts to achieve urban transformations, this special issue reviews the relational concept of urban transformative capacity and how it can inform novel approaches in research, policy, and practice. Drawing on seven papers analyzing diverse empirical contexts, we identify four requirements that should guide future action: (1) foster inclusion and empowerment as prerequisites, (2) close the intermediation gap and strengthen the role of local academia, (3) challenge and reinvent urban planning as a key arena, and (4) enhance reflexivity through novel self-assessment techniques. Overall, current levels of urban transformative capacity are assessed as very low, making its development a high-priority objective for all stakeholders, but for planning and research policy in particular.

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SPRINGER , 2019. Vol. 48, no 5, p. 437-448
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Cities, Co-production, Multi-level governance, Sustainability transition, Transformative capacity, Urban transformation
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Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-251474DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01169-yISI: 000464713200001PubMedID: 30903513Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064886284OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-251474DiVA, id: diva2:1317358
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Available from: 2019-05-22 Created: 2019-05-22 Last updated: 2019-05-29Bibliographically approved

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