Marco Cremaschi

Anything goes? Pianificazione, postmodernismo e oltre

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  • The article deals with postmodern critics and their uncertain influence over research programs in planning in the last three decades. As for the Italian panorama
  • the author argues that planning research seems to have lost its interpretive grip on urban phenomena
  • whereas any feature (political
  • technical) of traditional urban planning hasnâ€
  • t remained the same. In such a frame
  • itâ€
  • s worth asking to what extent postmodern critique has influenced approaches and programs
  • whereas connections between urban research and planning still look problematic
  • since the latter is traditionally a minor activity
  • deeply biased by instrumental occasions and long-term traditions. In the face of the risk of too eclectic syntheses
  • the author proposes four different ways to label research and professional practices (late-modern
  • new-romantic
  • interactionist
  • experimental)
  • arguing that little or no open confrontation among them has been carried out
  • whereas this would be necessary. The task gets even more difficult in the post-liberalist context
  • where planning practices seem not just epistemologically weak
  • but also prone to power relations


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