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Stories of Pasts and Futures in Planning
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7597-1851
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Societies are constantly changing, facing new challenges and possibilities generated by innovative technologies, sociospatial re-structuring and mobilities. This research approaches these challenges by exploring the role that stories about pasts, presents and futures play in planning. It sees stories as interlinked spaces of struggle over meanings, legitimacies and powers through which “our” valuable pasts and “our” desirable futures become re-constructed, framed and projected. It argues that powerful stories might consciously or unconsciously become institutionalised in policy discourses and documents, foregrounding our spatial realities and affecting our living spaces. These arguments and assumptions are investigated in relation to three cases: Regional-Pasts, SeGI-Futures and ICT-Futures. The stories about pasts, presents and futures surrounding these cases are investigated with the aim of initiating critical discussions on how stories about pasts and futures can inform, but also be sustained by, planning processes. While studies of these cases are presented in separate papers, these studies are brought together in an introductory essay and reconstructed in response to the research questions: How do regional futures become informed by the pasts? How do particular stories about the pasts become selected, framed and projected as envisioned futures? What messages are conveyed to the pasts and the presents through envisioned futures? How can stories of the past be referred and re-employed in planning to build more inclusive futures? To engage with the multidisciplinarity of these questions, they are investigated through dialogues between three main fields: heritage studies, futures studies and planning. The discussions have challenged the conventional divides between pasts, presents and futures, emphasised their plural nature and uncovered how the discursive power of stories play a significant role when interpreting pasts and envision futures in planning practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. , 80 p.
Series
TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2016:08
Keyword [en]
Stories, Pasts, Futures, Planning, Power
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187308ISBN: 978-91-7729-005-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-187308DiVA: diva2:929604
Public defence
2016-06-15, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Note

QC 20160523

Available from: 2016-05-23 Created: 2016-05-19 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. The role of official heritage in regional spaces
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of official heritage in regional spaces
2016 (English)In: Urban Research and Practice, ISSN 1753-5069, E-ISSN 1753-5077Article, review/survey (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Following the argument that increasing mobility has scattered consumption throughout Sweden’s regions, this study investigates how individuals’ consumption choices are influenced by official heritage. It argues that individuals’ everyday routines highlight the role played by heritage in socio-economic regional change, challenging traditional planning systems and altering individuals’ relationships with their environments, leading to new values being placed on official heritage. This argument was tested using interviews and questionnaires in Mariefred, Sweden, and demonstrates that official heritage plays multiple and contrasting roles, including the use of heritage as an attempt to reconcile opposing principles such as progress/development and tradition/conservation. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UK: Routledge, 2016
Keyword
regional change; heritage; everyday life; mobility; consumption; Mariefred
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-182377 (URN)10.1080/17535069.2015.1133696 (DOI)000393229700004 ()2-s2.0-84954202214 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Regionala staden – reproduktion och transformation av lokala platser
Note

QC 20170302

Available from: 2016-02-18 Created: 2016-02-18 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
2. Using the Past to Construct Territorial Identities in Regional Planning: the Case of Mälardalen, Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using the Past to Construct Territorial Identities in Regional Planning: the Case of Mälardalen, Sweden
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study examines how the past is used in the construction of regional identity narratives in policy discourses and documents. Despite assumptions that regional identity is based on shared culture, some authors argue that new forms of regional identity have emerged as the consequence of regions’ involvement in wider networks. Identity has been pursued as an asset to regional attractiveness and economic growth and, as such, is shaped by regional development strategies concerning particular social groups. Socially shared representations of the past through history, cultural heritage and collective memory play an important role in this process since the past is a powerful resource that may be used to construct images of places, legitimizing claims on territories. Document analysis and interviews with planners are used to analyse strategies for regional development in five counties located in the Mälardalen Region, Sweden. This study shows that regional strategies are guided by identity narratives framing regions from an exclusive outside perspective, leaving internal qualities unnoticed. The past is used to structure these narratives and construct identities that serve economic growth rather than the integration of the plural heritages of the region.

Keyword
uses of the past, territorial identity, regional planning, Mälardalen Region, Sweden
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187431 (URN)
Available from: 2016-05-23 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved
3. Europe's possible SGI futures: territorial settings and potential policy paths
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Europe's possible SGI futures: territorial settings and potential policy paths
2015 (English)In: Services of General Interest and Territorial Cohesion: European Perspectives and National Insights / [ed] Heinz Fassmann, Daniel Rauhut, Eduarda Marques da Costa and Alois Humer, Vienna: Vienna University Press , 2015, 1, 123-146 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Vienna: Vienna University Press, 2015 Edition: 1
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-182366 (URN)978-3-8471-0471-1 (ISBN)
Projects
Indicators and Perspectives of Services of General Interest
Funder
EU, European Research Council
Note

QC 20160308

Available from: 2016-02-18 Created: 2016-02-18 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved
4. Pluralising the Future Information Society
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pluralising the Future Information Society
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Following the argument that the sustainability challenges that emerge from the production and use of ICT are complex to evaluate due to the high pace of ICT development, the rapid dissemination of new ICT infrastructure and devices and their unpredictable effects on socio-economic structures, this study shows that there are alternatives to contemporary forecasted futures and exemplifies that ICT can be used to facilitate different societal developments. It is argued that creating parallel possible futures (plural) aids in the process of identifying potential benefits and drawbacks of technological development and situate current decisions in a longer time frame. The process of designing five images of the future of Sweden in 2060 is, then, presented and some of the advantages of using these images for different purposes are discussed. Among the concluding reflections it is highlighted that exploring benefits and drawbacks of different possible futures can empower actors that at the present play a role in shaping and implementing ICT strategies and policies and also actors from other sectors getting to see the opportunities and risks with ICT.

Keyword
scenarios, sustainability, ICT, futures
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187438 (URN)
Funder
VINNOVA
Note

QC 20160523

Available from: 2016-05-23 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-05-24Bibliographically approved
5. Education and Health in ICT-futures: Scenarios and sustainability impacts of ICT societies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Education and Health in ICT-futures: Scenarios and sustainability impacts of ICT societies
2015 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF ENVIROINFO AND ICT FOR SUSTAINABILITY 2015, Atlantis Press , 2015, 213-220 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study explores the performance of the education and health sectors in relation to five ICT futures for Sweden in 2060. The accessibility, affordability, quality and efficiency of these sectors influence the creation and maintenance of essential collective values such as democracy and justice; consequently both education and health are fundamental to a sustainable society. Exploring the performance of these sectors in different futures enables the identification of barriers and undesirable developments, and encourages a debate on how ICT can be used to reinforce inclusive, and counteract unwanted, futures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Atlantis Press, 2015
Series
ACSR-Advances in Comptuer Science Research, ISSN 2352-538X ; 22
Keyword
education, health, ICT, futures, sustainability
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-179625 (URN)000365044700025 ()978-94-62520-92-9 (ISBN)
Conference
Joint Conference on 29th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection / 3rd International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (EnviroInfo and ICT4S), SEP 07-09, 2015, Univ Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Note

QC 20151221

Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved

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