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Integration of land use and transportation planning under the canopy of a holistic plan?: An argument for process around plans
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Landscape studies, Vol. 3, 147-157 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many public authorities in the planning field have brought the challenge of coordination between land use and transportation planning to the top of the current Swedish planning agenda. However, in planning theory, the issue of cross-sectoral integration is not as central as among planning practitioners. This paper examines a recent planning project in Sweden, highlighting the problem of orienting the transformation of a street space around a general strategy expressed in a comprehensive plan. The aim is to deepen the understanding of the conditions for integration of land use planning and transportation planning, by focusing on the relationship between plans and planning processes.

While communicative planning theories often address the problem of how to bridge differences in perspectives, this paper focuses on the processes through which such differences occur in the first place. Based on the case and with reference to theories about how meaning is negotiated through a dual process of reification and participation, the paper discusses the role of plans in relation to processes in the evolution of different perspectives.

A comprehensive plan is supposed to guide detailed development planning. But the idea that the comprehensive plan could serve as an overall guiding document rests on the requirement for it to be anchored equally well across sectors. The results of this study suggest that the challenge of coordinating transportation and land use planning cannot merely be seen as a merger of activities from two organizational entities through common plans, but it has to be understood in terms of interaction between people, and their participation in common planning processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 3, 147-157 p.
Keyword [en]
Comprehensive planning, Communicative planning, Cross-sectoral coordination, Negotiation of meaning, perspectives
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-49183OAI: diva2:459363
QC 20111125Available from: 2011-11-25 Created: 2011-11-25 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.
Trita-SOM , ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2011:18
urban planning, transport planning, integrated planning, communicative planning, sensemaking, perspectives, coordination
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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)
QC 20111125Available from: 2011-11-25 Created: 2011-11-24 Last updated: 2011-11-25Bibliographically approved

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