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  • 1.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Contextual temporalities: plans, planners and power in Bordeaux, France2020Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Urban planning in France is undergoing a shift. It is a shift in scale from plan-making in smaller municipalities towards larger metropoles, and a shift towards more flexibility to ensure that development plans are adjustable to unpredictable near-futures. When the city of Bordeaux revised its land-use plan towards the background of this shift, they sought to prepare a ‘contextualized’ plan. In this paper, I engage with the implications of this claim based on fieldwork among planners, bureaucrats, local politicians and planning documents in Bordeaux. In discussions among planning practitioners and theorists, context is a notion often sympathetically associated with bottom-up approaches and sensitivity to local communities. Rather than resonating with such assumptions, I show how the idea of a contextualized plan in Bordeaux was charged with manipulations of bureaucratic, legal and political temporalities in struggles over authority and democratic legitimacy. Local politicians seeing their decision power reduced following the shift of scales made use of the increased flexibility to influence in other stages of planning procedures, particularly reviewing of building permits. The call for a ‘contextualized’ plan was riddled with adverse relations between planners’ further-looking perspectives and local politicians’ strive for assuring authority over planning decisions in an unfolding presence, suggesting an importance to attend to diverse and conflicting temporalities embedded in calls for ‘context’. 

  • 2.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Contextualizing anticipation: planning for futures and the present in Bordeaux2021In: STS-CH Conference by the Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology & Society, 15-17 February 2021, 2021Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    When the city of Bordeaux initiated a revision of its land use plan, essentially an anticipatory activity drawing on pasts, contemporary concerns and aspirations for the future, the planning department and politicians assured that it was to become ‘contextualized’. Inspired by Asdal and Moser’s (2012) proposition to elaborate on “contexting,” as a move that recognizes the overlapping presence of multiple contexts shaped through practices, I carry out a contextualization of what a ‘contextualized plan’ came to mean in Bordeaux. I do this based on fieldwork among planners, permit reviewers, local politicians and planning documents. The plan revision unfolded to the background of two interrelated shifts in France: the scaling of land use planning from municipalities towards larger metropoles, and reforms enhancing the flexibility of plans to ensure their adjustability towards unpredictable futures and unruly environments. By tracing the intentions that had been invested in the plan and how it operated in the realm of building permit reviewing, I show how the intersection of legal, technical and political temporalities was strategically made use of by different actors. Among these were local politicians’ uses of the increased flexibility to insure an authority over land use decisions in spite of the plan. The anticipatory activity of plan making, I argue, was as much about the future that it laid out, as it was a political struggle over capacity to act on planning decisions in an unfolding present.

  • 3.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    From ecosystem services to ecosystem carers: reorienting urban planning policy through soil practices2023Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Urban planning is undergoing an ecological turn in attempts to address climate and biodiversity crises. Ecosystem service (ES) assessments has gained influence in this turn, as a means to address environmental issues. The critique on ES stresses that these evaluations of nature’s value in terms of how well an ecological phenomena serves human well-being rely on anthropocentrism and fail to acknowledge for multi-species interdependencies. In this paper, we seek to resituate the human in ES by visiting urban gardeners’ work with soils. Soils, a bioinfrastructure invisible in ES assessments and approached in urban planning as an extractive resource, have proven generative for social sciences and humanities to rethink human-environment relations. Joining this line of work, we draw on our own and others’ ethnographic engagements with soil practitioners. Urban soil growers define themselves and their practices in terms of servicing (rather than merely receiving) and caring for local ecosystems. These care practices are informed by a concern for the environmental challenges that we are facing on different scales and unequal terms. To learn from and find ways to recognize these practices, we try out a reconceptualization of ES from a receiving position of services towards an ecosystem caring. This implies grappling with the notion of care as accommodating ambivalent human-environment relations beyond technoscientific management of bioinfrastructures.

  • 4.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Jordlager i lagar – ytvärden och djupvärden2021Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 5.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Life Among Urban Planners: Practice, Professionalism, and Expertise in the Making of the City2022In: The Anthropology Book Forum, Vol. 8, no 1Article, book review (Other academic)
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  • 6.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Planning context: Flexible plans and mayoral authority in French urban planning2023In: Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space, ISSN 0263-7758, E-ISSN 1472-3433Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, I consider the relationship between urban planning and context by investigating the planning practices associated with a land-use plan in Bordeaux described as “adapted to context.” Invested with flexible rules, the plan description followed a tendency in French urban planning concerned with being strategic, prospective, and participatory. It was also the result of metropolitan planning. Through an ethnographic account, I show how local politicians’ references to context related to concerns with mayoral authority in times of planning powers transferred to the metropole. Using permit reviewers’ skills, mayors mobilized flexible rules to manipulate building permit decisions prepared in compliance with the metropolitan plan. It is widely acknowledged that urban planning is affected by as well as affecting different contexts. I outline a complementing approach by drawing on engagements with context in anthropology and STS-scholarship, to propose that the practices associated with the same notion in Bordeaux are telling of how urban planning contributes to making contexts. Since calls for context direct attention and shape which issues and local communities are prioritized, these insights on the relationship between planning and context urge attention to how appeals to context, as never value-neutral or ready-made, gain importance across different urban planning issues and settings.

  • 7.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Planning contexts: Bureaucracy and rule relations in French urbanism2020Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis examines practices of contextualization in urban planning in Bordeaux. While planning theorists have established the importance of attending to the diversecontexts that shape urban planning, few studies have inquired about the ways urbanplanning activities shape contexts. When the Bordeaux Métropole intercommunal organization set out to reviseits land-use plan, a document positing the regulations applicable for building permitapplications, the resulting plan was intended to be less bureaucratic and more“adapted to context.” I explore the implications of this claim based on fieldworkon rule relations among planners, permit reviewers, metropolitan officials, local politicians, and planning documents. Beginning with the assumption that what is important to plans may be external to their content, I follow the land-use plan from preparation to implementation in the permit review. The activities in Bordeaux are framed through theories on the role of bureaucracy and flexibility in contemporary urban planning, while the issue of context is analyzed through an anthropological lens that understands contexts as never pre-existing, but produced through practices.The study shows how urban planning in Bordeaux unfolded amidst clashing contexts and overlapping temporalities, including national reforms of local government in favor of intercommunal planning and enhancement of shared longterm plans with flexible modalities, planners working for a regulatory framework adaptable to diverse settings, permit reviewers concerned with ensuring the legalaccuracy of permit decisions, and municipal election cycles. The permit review became a strategically important activity in which modalities of flexibility were used to ensure municipal authority in response to a shifting political landscape that empowered the intercommunal government. The revision of the plan to be “adapted to context” came to imply a municipal concern to influence permits in a continuous present, in opposition of the longer-term temporality imposed by a common landuseplan among municipalities within the metropole. In this situation, local planning actors grappled with the distribution of the capacity to define which contextsmattered, at what moment, and by whom those definitions were made. By showing how urban actors selectively deployed divergent views on the notion of context, this study underlines the importance of attending to the politics of contextualizationin urban planning.

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  • 8.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Scaling the urban: land use planning in Bordeaux2017In: Swedish Anthropology Association annual conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the last six years, the inter-municipal administration Bordeaux Métropole has revised itsland-use plan. It has been fabricated through translations from strategical document framed asaiming at sustainable development. Graphically, the plan is a myriad of signs, colors, letters,numbers, lines, and boxes. Hull (2012: 5) writes that “a planning map is not only an ideologicalprojection of a bureaucratic vision of the city; this vision is embedded in the technical andprocedural processes that link a map to roads, streams, and documents”. In a similar vein, Ielaborate on the politics embedded in the land-use plan by inquiring its material qualities andhow it is employed in building permit procedures. I draw on my ongoing fieldwork of encounterswith public servants, councilors, urbanists and residents in various ways involved with themaking and employing of the plan. Conceived through the ambition to enhance theagglomeration’s attractivity on European level (l’échelle européenne), the plan has been madethrough interaction between two administrative levels (la double échelle); metropole and local.While the multiple scales corresponding to various actors’ interests and desires are constantlynegotiated in land-use issues, scales are generated through the existing and envisioned urbanpractices and environments which the plan mediates. I intend with this presentation to shedattention to the multiplicity of a ‘city scale’ which has become nominated a setting in whichglobal climate change concerns are to be dealt with.

  • 9.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Shifting planning rationalities: investments of hope in the land-use plan of Bordeaux, France2018In: 15th European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Biennial Conference, 2018, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores the work invested in the production of a land-use plan in Bordeaux, France. Itinquires how, besides manifesting desired routes for future developments, the plan provokes emotionsamong politicians, civil servants and planners, and hosts hope for shifting planning rationalities.

  • 10.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Tomorrow’s cities in the making: an ethnographic approach2016In: Proceedings of the IV World Planning Schools Congress, 2016, p. 752-754Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Valuing Sustainability in Bordeaux: Should the Grass Be Cut?2020In: Dilemmas of Sustainable Urban Development: A View from Practice / [ed] Jonathan Metzger and Jenny Lindblad, Routledge, 2020, p. 115-128Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Adolfsson, Petra
    School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.
    Peacock, Sophia
    Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.
    Translations of sustainability in urban planning documents: A longitudinal study of comprehensive plans in three European cities2021In: Cities, ISSN 0264-2751, E-ISSN 1873-6084, Vol. 119, article id 103360Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sustainability is a concept characterized by its longevity: it remains, after several decades, a popular concept within public organizations, as well as public discourse more generally. In this paper, we trace various translations of sustainability in urban planning documents of three mid-sized cities in Northwest Europe. Emphasizing the importance of a longitudinal approach to assess the uses and definitions of sustainability, we examine translations of the concept across plans through an analytical framework that considers the hierarchical, sequential and integrative linkages between different urban policy documents to understand how local uses of the concept change or remain similar over time. The examination of change and continuity in the translations of sustainability offers insights into how the different manifestations of the concept are influenced by policies external to the city administrations, as well as by imitations of internal, previous policies. This study adds to previous research on contents of plans in relation to how descriptions of concepts take form in a web of interrelated planning and policy documents over time. This paper does so by showing how sustainability as a concept remains on the agenda by being translated into different times and settings, constantly reused with other ideas, and thereby made continuously relevant.

  • 13.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Anand, Nikhil
    University of Pennsylvania, USA.
    Cities after planning2023In: Environment & Planning. D, Society and Space, ISSN 0263-7758, E-ISSN 1472-3433Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Lindblad, Jenny
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Holmstedt, Janna
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History, History of Science, Technology and Environment.
    Soiling the City, Composting the Museum Soil Blindness and Soil Imaginaries in Urbanized Landscapes and Heritage Conservation2022In: Part of Workshop nr 3 Soils as sites of emergency and transformation, 2022Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Metzger, Jonathan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Lindblad, JennyKTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Dilemmas of Sustainable Urban Development: A View from Practice2020Collection (editor) (Other academic)
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