Klaus R. Kunzmann

Spatial planning: for whom?

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  • The article critically deals with the notion of spatial planning
  • as it has become a new concept in the Anglophone community of urban and regional planners. The term
  • as far as it may be observed
  • currently sounds exclusively academic
  • in use among scholars of the planning community in Europe
  • dealing with territorial
  • respectively spatial development. What is spatial planning? This kind of â€
  • œ
  • chameleon termâ€
  • 
  • allows everybody to use it as a wrapping paper for any mode of planning
  • at any tier of planning and decision-making
  • and under any socio-economic territorial context. The author goes through different European planning traditions and policies to better focus on the different meanings this concept has been charged with and he also makes a point looking at the current planning experience in China
  • where a brand new space for spatial planning practice is now opening wide. In such a global perspective he highlights potentials and limits of spatial planning
  • as a concept not just in use among academics
  • but that should also get more relevant among politicians and
  • most important
  • among citizens


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