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What is the contribution of forecasts in the process of urban development and planning ?: Based on the case study of Montpellier urban area, France
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment. (_)
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

An analysis of three majors energetic and environmental issues enable a discussion on the decision and planning processes in Montpellier. This study has been realized within an engineering and consulting firm. A study project aiming at estimating the position of Montpellier in 2040 is the starting point.The first issue considers climate change forecasts. Close to the Mediterranean Sea, Montpellier may suffer from drought and flooding. The second issue deals with the political vision of Montpellier, both its identity and projects. The third one assesses local energetic potential which is found to be significant.In the discussion the first reflexion proposes a diagram of environmental data, from scientists to politicians and practical urban projects. The multiplicity of actors may threaten consistency. The second reflexion deals with the mutual influence between forecasts and practice. Regulations appear as a strong frame for both, but public participation may gain influence and change current practice.Comparisons with other countries and governance infrastructure would bring interesting reflexions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 109 p.
Keyword [en]
forecasts, energy, climate change, political, Montpellier
National Category
Environmental Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-100826OAI: diva2:545258
Subject / course
Urban Planning and Design
Educational program
Degree of Master - Urban Planning and Design
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2016-09-02 Created: 2012-08-18 Last updated: 2016-09-02Bibliographically approved

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