Relational Planning - Tracing Artefacts, Agency and Practices

Kurath, Monika/Marskamp, Marco/Paulos, Julio/Rüegg, Jean (Hg.): Relational Planning - Tracing Artefacts, Agency and Practices. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

  • Offers a new model for research and teaching in urban studies, planning theory, and geography
  • Provides interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical contributions exploring the making of hybrid associations in planning practice
  • Examines the real world problems encountered in planning procedure

This volume introduces the notion of ‘relational planning’ through a collection of theoretical and empirical contributions that explore the making of heterogeneous associations in the planning practice. The analytical concept builds on recent approaches to complexity and materiality in planning theory by drawing on Science and Technology Studies (STS) of urban issues. It frames planning as a socio-material practice taking place within the multifaceted relations between artefacts, agency and practices. By way of this triad, spatial planning is not studied as a given, linear or technical process but rather problematized as a hybrid, distributed and situational practice. The inquiries in this collection thus describe how planning practices are negotiated and enacted in and beyond formal arenas and procedures of planning, and so make visible the many sites, actors and means of spatial planning.
Addressing planning topics such as ecology, preservation, participation, rebuilding and zoning, this volume takes into account the uncertain world planning is embedded in. The implications of such a perspective are considered in light of how planning is performed and how it contributes to the emergence of specific socio-material forms and interactions. This is an invaluable read for all scholars of STS, Ecology, Architecture and Urban Planning.

Monika Kurath, Marko Marskamp, Julio Paulos, Jean Rüegg
Mit Beiträgen von: 
Ola Söderström, Yvonne Rydin (et al.), Jonathan Metzger, Guillén Hiram Torres Sepúlveda, Ignacio Farías, Anique Hommels, Anders Block, James Macmillen (et al.) und Andrew Karvonen
Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 978-3-319-60462-6