25 January 2017

Strategic planning – a way of incorporating landscape thinking into regional development

Strategic planning – a way of incorporating landscape thinking into regional development


Simona R. Grădinaru, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, simona.gradinaru@wsl.ch
Anna M. Hersperger, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, anna.hersperger@wsl.ch
Christian Albert, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institute of Environmental Planning, Research Group PlanSmart, albert@umwelt.uni-hannover.de
Cristian I. Iojă, University of Bucharest, Romania, cristian.ioja@g.unibuc.ro

Summary

Strategic planning serves setting and implementing long term visions of how a region should develop. When based on landscape thinking, it supports the development of actions at the interface between biophysical and socio-cultural patterns and processes.
The objective of this symposium is to assemble talks that present and discuss innovative theoretical and empirical approaches of integrating landscape thinking into regional planning. We encourage papers which address the green and grey environment, along with the interconnections between them at various steps of the planning cycle and through new methods, tools and data.

Description

In the context of omnipresent landscape changes through urbanization, agriculture intensification or loss of green spaces, regional planning became critical for addressing both the green and grey environment, along with the interconnections between them. Within regions, the relationship between people and nature needs to be envisaged as multi-dimensional, and addressed interdisciplinary by both ecological and social sciences. Landscape thinking, with its comprehensive view, allows for integrating these two perspectives.
To pursue landscape thinking in regional planning, the strategic approach offers a good ground, due to its long-term perspective and integrative approach. Strategic planning can be defined as a set of concepts, tools, and practices which supports setting and implementing the vision of how a region should develop in future. It integrates expert knowledge with tacit/experiential knowledge of the local communities. Strategic planning, based on landscape thinking, recognizes change as a fundamental landscape quality, and develops actions at the interface of biophysical and socio-cultural patterns and processes.
This session will assemble talks that present and discuss innovative approaches of integrating landscape thinking into regional planning. As regional planning requires a mix of expertise, we encourage contributions which tackle conflicts between the socio-economic and the ecological dimensions, present conservation and planning strategies of green infrastructures at regional level, integrate perception studies into the planning process, account for coupled socio-ecological systems in planning scenarios, or develop tools to incorporate ecosystem services approach into regional planning. A focus on urban regions is particularly welcomed.
We invite papers that address various steps of the planning cycle, including governance of regions, actions, implementation and evaluation procedures, and the use of new methods and emergent data types for integrating the ecological and human dimensions within a spatial framework (e.g. big data). As strategic planning is mostly pursued through projects implemented locally, we encourage contribution that present empirical results of local projects framed in the overall regional governance context.

What can participants expect to learn?

The symposium will pose a great opportunity to link researchers who conduct research in regional planning. We expect participants to learn from theoretical and empirical contributions by their peers on incorporating landscape thinking into regional development through strategic planning.  It is expected for participants to learn new ways of planning regionally and acting locally. 

Impact 

The outcomes of the symposium will form the core of an editorial, a communication paper, or a joint paper (depending on the interests of participants) to be edited by the symposium convenors. Potential journals for submission are Landscape Ecology and Landscape and Urban Planning. Outreach potential will be enhanced through the use of social media, such as Twitter, Facebook. The symposium is sponsored by the IALE Working Group ‘Landscape Planning’

23 January 2017

The use of indicators in the evaluation of retail planning: evidences from England

The use of indicators in the evaluation of retail planning: evidences from England: (2017). The use of indicators in the evaluation of retail planning: evidences from England. Journal of Architecture and Urbanism. Ahead of Print. doi: 10.3846/20297955.2016.1182877



Retail planning gained importance with the introduction of innovation in that sector, which challenged the vitality and viability of town centres. With this evolution and the arise of Town Centre First in England, the retail planning key documents started to incorporate indicators to help and standardize the monitoring of the health of town centres. This article aims to analyse the process of evaluation and verify the evolution of indicators suggested in the several public documents that constitute retail planning in England since 1993. It was based on the review of the main documents established in England since 1993. The research developed in this paper helps to update some information and is valuable for urban planners, practitioners and academics. In this paper we conclude that indicators are been used but without been framed in an evaluation framework and the variability of suggested indicators may have limited the analysis of the temporal evolution of town centres. In terms of research implications this paper helps to, in part, path the way for future research in this field.



http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3846/20297955.2016.1182877

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20 January 2017

500 views in 11 days: Editorial for virtual special issue: The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective



Introduction

There has been growing academic, theoretical and empirical interest in the past 35 years in ‘governance’, as employed to motivate cooperation in and across specialized systems, which impact the everyday life of citizens and organizations. Rhodes (1996Rhodes, R. (1996). The new governance: Governing without governmentPolitical Studies, 4465266710.1111/j.1467-9248.1996.tb01747.x[CrossRef][Web of Science ®]) notes that ‘governance’ is a pervasive, albeit inconsistent, term, whilst Jessop (1998Jessop, B. (1998). The rise of governance and the risks of failure: The case of economic developmentInternational Social Science Journal, 50294510.1111/issj.1998.50.issue-155[CrossRef]) traces its origin to the classical Latin and ancient Greek words for ‘steering boats’, in the sense of actions or manners of governing, guiding or ‘steering’ conduct, often overlapping with ‘government’. Academics define ‘governance’ in multiple ways (Stead, 2013Stead, D. (2013). Dimensions of territorial governancePlanning Theory and Practice, 1414214710.1080/14649357.2012.758494[Taylor & Francis Online]), which are not all mutually cognate (Rhodes, 1996Rhodes, R. (1996). The new governance: Governing without governmentPolitical Studies, 4465266710.1111/j.1467-9248.1996.tb01747.x[CrossRef][Web of Science ®]). Kohler-Koch and Eising (1999Kohler-Koch, B., & Eising, R. (1999). Governance in the European Union. A comparative assessment. In B. Kohler-Koch and R. Eising (Eds.), The transformation of governance in the European Union (pp. 267285). LondonRoutledge10.4324/9780203279625[CrossRef]) argue that governance varies from country to country, and even within countries. The term is not static, but rather flexible and continually adapting, as shown by this special issue’s six papers.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21681376.2016.1256227

13 January 2017

virtual special issue: The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective

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12 January 2017

Editorial for virtual special issue: The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective

The special issue involves six papers in which three specific knowledge lacunae are visible. The first is the emergence of new kinds of governance spaces dealing with this issue of fuzziness. Second, there is the emergence of a new setting of inter-territorial cooperation as flexible territorial-based governance arrangements. Finally, there is the emergence of new kinds of functionality regarding urban regions based on the labour market and home-to-work travel.



Editorial for virtual special issue: The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective: (2017). Editorial for virtual special issue: The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: an European perspective. Regional Studies, Regional Science: Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.1080/21681376.2016.1256227

11 January 2017

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Regional Studies AssociationThe Fuzzy Spaces of Regional Governance - The emergence of new forms of flexible governance arrangements in and for urban regions: a European perspective

Guest Editor: Dr. Eduardo Oliveiro, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

There has been growing academic, theoretical and empirical interest in the past 35 years in ‘governance’, to explain cooperation in and across the specialized policy and service delivery systems which impact the everyday life of citizens and organizations. Multilevel governance approaches highlight vertical and horizontal coordination linkages, integrating relevant interest groups and key players. Multilevel governance mushroomed from the 1990s onwards in order to capture changing relationships between the EU’s different territorial governmental levels.
But little attention has been paid to governance’s more specific territorial-oriented dimensions, how knowledge of territorial specificities supports spatial policymaking or indeed the proliferation of innovative types of regional cooperation, cross-border interactions and soft governance spaces.   This virtual special issue focuses specifically on the emergence of new, flexible and informal governance arrangements, which can be found across Europe, in a variety of circumstances and with diverse aims and rationales. This special issue thereby contributes to both the theory and practice of governance in more flexible or fluid territories, in which new forms of flexible governance arrangements have followed the emergence of spatial planning activities outside the statutory planning system, including pioneering approaches to territorial management involving soft spaces and fuzzy territorial boundaries.
More information can be found on the website for the Virtual Special Edition: http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/rsrs-vsi-a-european-perspective


For inquiries contact VSI Editor, Paul Benneworth, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (p.benneworth@utwente.nl )

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New approaches in European governance? Perspectives of stakeholders in the Danube macro-region

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David Y. Miller and Raymond W. Cox III, Governing the Metropolitan Region: America’s New Frontier

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Virtual special issue of Regional Studies, Regional Science

The special issue involves six papers in which three specific knowledge lacunae are visible. The first is the emergence of new kinds of governance spaces dealing with this issue of fuzziness. Secondly, there is the emergence of a new setting of interterritorial cooperation as flexible territorial-based governance arrangements. Finally, there is the emergence of new kinds of functionality regarding urban regions based on the labour market and home-to-work travel.

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5 January 2017

2016 Highlights #2

Content, context and co-creation
Digital challenges in destination branding with references to Portugal as a tourist destination
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Place branding as a strategic spatial planning instrument: A theoretical framework to branding regions with references to northern Portugal

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3 January 2017

Cities to watch in 2017

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When international property markets change, they change fast. A swift seismic or systematic shift will see cities that previously couldn’t move for investment opportunities dry up in a matter of months. And markets that most people would not have dipped the tip of their little toe into a year ago will suddenly become the next big thing.

When it comes to buying property, identifying growth markets early is the best route to a good deal. The trick is knowing where to look and, crucially, when to make a move. Here are seven of the cities you should be keeping a close eye on in 2017.
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Emily Wright is Features and Global Editor of Estates Gazette, as well as a freelance writer for GQ and The Sunday Times

Destination positioning and temporality: Tracking relative strengths and weaknesses over time by Steven Pike

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