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Trafik- och stadsplanering som en integrerad process?: Om perspektiv och kommunikativa processer i stadsutvecklingen
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2009 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Urban planning and transportation planning through an integrated process? On perspectives and communicative processes in urban development

During the last couple of years the need for a better coordination of urban and transportation planning in Sweden has been highlighted at several occasions. In response to this need, the project “The Attractive City” (Den Goda Staden) has been initiated, emphasizing collaboration and communicative processes between actors involved in urban and transportation planning as a means to enhance the potential for an integrated planning. In this study the discussions taking place under the umbrella of The Attractive City are examined in order to illuminate the circumstances enhancing or obstructing the potential for integrated planning processes. The aim is to contribute to the knowledge of the conditions for an integrated planning of transportation systems and cities based on dialogue and collaboration. Through three case studies central challenges for cross-sectoral coordination are identified and used as a basis for a discussion on the potential for consensus based planning processes.

It is concluded that much of the discussions in The Attractive City take a starting point in the ambition for planning to be holistic, an ambition associated with the risk of shadowing a range of underlying tensions between different perspectives among actors involved in the planning processes. The influence of these differences in perspectives on the potential for coordination of parallel planning activities is discussed. With reference to communicative planning theory and the experiences from The Attractive City, it is argued that communicative processes can play a role in sharpening the awareness about the procedural problems that need to be addressed in a planning process. Although consensus, in terms of agreement on solutions, may well be the result of communicative processes, increased understanding of different actors’ motives and conditions to act is seen as the main benefit from this kind of communicative processes, creating a resource to draw upon in future situations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: US-AB , 2009. , 118 p.
Series
Trita-SOM , ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2009:03
Keyword [sv]
Stadsutveckling, sektorssamordning, trafikplanering, stadsplanering, Den Goda Staden, kommunikativ planeringsteori, helhetssyn, perspektiv, konsensus
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10081ISBN: 978-91-7415-236-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10081DiVA: diva2:207494
Presentation
2009-04-06, L42, KTH, Drottning Kristinas Väg 30, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-03-12 Created: 2009-03-11 Last updated: 2011-11-25Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Making Sense of Integrated Planning: Challenges to Urban and Transport Planning Processes in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making Sense of Integrated Planning: Challenges to Urban and Transport Planning Processes in Sweden
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The shaping of spatial structures at the urban, regional and national levels involves numerous kinds of actors and planning activities. In recent years, calls for crosssectoral coordination and integrated planning approaches echo extensively across different fields of planning. However, experiences from planning situations around Sweden and elsewhere reveal great challenges to such ambitions. This thesis explores key conditions for an integrated approach to urban and transport planning, focusing on the relationships between public professional actors and agencies involved in the interface between urban and transport planning and strategy making, at the local and national level in Sweden. The theoretical framework is based on communicative planning theory and theories on sensemaking.

The empirical material emanates from the project The Livable City, a collaboration project between three Swedish municipalities and national authorities responsible for transport and urban planning in Sweden. The aim of The Livable City was to develop knowledge about integrated planning of the built environment and transport systems and to develop integrated processes for coordination of different interests, demands and needs. Case studies were conducted, based on document studies, interviews and observations.

The results from this study illustrate various aspects of how plans and strategies in a multiperspective environment need to make sense to actors with different perspectives on what planning is all about. A sensemaking perspective on planning suggests that plans and strategies to promote an integrated approach to planning will always be partial and selective despite ambitions for these to be comprehensive or holistic. Commitment, reification and participation have in the cases proven to be useful concepts to understand the sensemaking aspect of planning practice. Interactive processes may inform the shaping of perspectives and can therefore be an element in efforts to promote integrated approaches to urban and transport planning, although the extent to which this may be achieved is highly dependent on contextual conditions and will vary from case to case.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011. 72 p.
Series
Trita-SOM , ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2011:18
Keyword
urban planning, transport planning, integrated planning, communicative planning, sensemaking, perspectives, coordination
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-48968 (URN)978-91-7501-171-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-12-16, D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, KTH, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
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QC 20111125Available from: 2011-11-25 Created: 2011-11-24 Last updated: 2011-11-25Bibliographically approved

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