Special Issue "Urban Policies"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2021.
The aim of this Special Issue is to discuss urban policies as a result of the interaction between planning institutions (as formal bodies and norms and rules dealing with spatial planning and urbanism) and private organizations or citizens individually considered. Since the 1970s, different ways of formulating policies have gradually emerged as a result of new governance arrangements. At the same time, answers to new spatial planning challenges have lost their straightforward ground and become informed by their complexity. While the loss of relevance of planning institutions in decision-making can be seen as a threat, the new setting also invites innovation. With this Special Issue, we wish to shed light on the interactions between planning institutions and private bodies and/or individuals as something positive, from which innovative planning processes emerge and urban policies are formulated in a more responsive way. It has as a main goal to look at the potential and opportunity of interactions between formal and informal bodies and how this can contribute to innovative ways of formulating urban policies. Examples can come from different angles, different national contexts, and different scales, where informal processes are vis-à-vis with formal procedures—for instance, in formal planning processes and parallel tactical urbanism initiatives, or planning institutions directly confronted with informal settlements’ dynamics, or even planning institutions as internally differentiated bodies with different levels of permeability and plasticity. From the pressure to evolve to other processes of adaptation, the main goal is to invite authors to reflect on exceptional contexts of change at spatial planning level, made at different scales and cultures, which can lead to the design of new urban policies.
Prof. Dr. Paulo Silva
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- Urban policies
- Planning institutions