Alessandro Balducci

Trading Zone un concetto utile per alcuni dilemmi della pianificazione

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  • The concept â€
  • as introduced by Peter Galison in the field of history and sociology of science to better understand scientific innovation processes â€
  • can be useful
  • the author argues
  • also to rethink planning theories and practice. The underlying idea is that innovation and consensus are not necessarily achieved by agreeing about all goals and values involved in the process
  • but when even a limited trading zone is set up among stakeholders who bear different
  • and even conflicting visions and strategies. The implications for planning can be manifold: the author highlights
  • in particular
  • a different vision of participatory processes
  • as well as
  • more generally
  • a new way of considering planning itself as a trading zone where different
  • conflicting positions clash and
  • nevertheless
  • might converge towards feasible solutions. These issues are developed
  • in particular
  • through a specific planning case
  • the strategic planning process for the Province of Milan
  • where the author himself has been involved


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