26 February 2018

Renaud Vuignier

Institut des Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique, Université de Lausanne

New paper CONCUR WSL Project: Governance arrangements, funding mechanisms and power configurations in current practices of strategic spatial plan implementation

Governance arrangements, funding mechanisms and 

power configurations in current practices of 

strategic spatial plan implementation

  • Eduardo Oliveira and 
  • Anna M. Hersperger 
  • Highlights

    Current strategic spatial plan implementation practices are characterized by governance arrangements, funding and power configurations.
    Negotiations, interest groups involvement and multi-level government cooperation are pivotal governance arrangements in planning practice.
    Private interest groups as developers and retail representatives have been increasingly involved in negotiations during plan implementation.
    The law of the market is unrelenting in current strategic spatial plan implementation practice.
    Spatial governance in contemporary urban regions is increasingly being co-opted into the dominant neoliberal agendas.

    Implementing strategic spatial plans is a complex task. The process involves strategy formation, institutional capacity building, funding mechanism establishment and governance arrangements, which take shape within complex power configurations. Based on empirical evidence gathered by interviewing regional planning experts, this paper focuses on the role of governance arrangements and funding mechanisms in current practices of strategic plan implementation in 14 European urban regions. This investigation was completed bearing in mind power configurations, which shape and frame governance arrangements and funding mechanism in planning practice. A cross-case comparison provides evidence that, among the governance arrangements influencing plan implementation, negotiation and interest groups involvement are pivotal. Negotiation involves private interest groups, such as real estate agencies and environmental non-governmental organizations. The paper shows that in some case studies private interest groups have a substantial bargaining power to negotiate, for example, the development of a new housing settlement or a retail facility, while other groups struggle to safeguard natural areas. It is also during negotiations that plan implementation intentions are prioritized, strategic urban projects are formulated and funding mechanisms are established. The paper demonstrates that to truly grasp plan implementation praxis it is necessary to go beyond multi-actor involvement and inter-scalar government cooperation. It is necessary to scrutinize the funding sources, investigate who wins and who loses while negotiations are happening, and how plan implementation decisions are actually made.
    Open access

    Second International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment: Research in Practice (SDBE 2018) at the Crystal, London, UK

    Open call for papers to the Second International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment: Research in Practice (SDBE 2018) at the Crystal, London, UK on 12th -13th September 2018.

    The conference focuses on Research in Practice in sustainable design and planning, building energy performance, education for sustainability with an emphasis on a balanced approach to environmental, and socio-economic sustainability in research and practice.

    SDBE conference is a unique opportunity for researchers, academics, architects, urban designers, engineers, building consultants and professionals to share the latest knowledge, research and innovations in sustainable building design, building performance, simulation tools and low carbon building related technologies. The conference includes prominent keynote speakers from academia and practice to maximize opportunities for knowledge exchange.

    Conference Themes:

    1.      Education for sustainability
    2.      Energy efficiency in buildings
    3.      Low and zero carbon design strategies
    4.      Environmental design strategies in practice
    5.      Building performance evaluation and optimisation
    6.      Thermal comfort, health and wellbeing
    7.      Building performance simulation
    8.      Building Information Modelling (BIM)
    9.      Sustainable construction technologies
    10.     Renewable energy and green technologies
    11.     Sustainable urban design
    12.     Resource efficiency

    Keynote Speakers:
    Philip Jones, Professor, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
    Bruno Moser, Head of Urban Design, Foster and Partners
    Ashraf Salama, Professor, Head of School, University of Strathclyde
    Patrik Schumacher, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects

    Key dates:
    Abstract submission deadline (extended): 5th March 2018
    Abstract acceptance notification with comments: 19th March 2018
    Full paper submission deadline: 1st June 2018
    Full paper acceptance notification with comments: 2nd July 2018
    Deadline for full paper submission: 3rd August  2018
    Free conference registration for accepted papers [funded by the British Council]: 10th August 2018

    To submit a paper abstract: http://newton-sdbe.uk/conferences/sdbe-2018/
    For information on SDBE 2017 conference: http://newton-sdbe.uk/conferences/sdbe-conference-2017/
    For inquiries please contact: newton.SDBE@uel.ac.uk

    22 February 2018

    25th APDR Congress, to be held at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

    Call for Papers and Special Session Proposals

    It is our pleasure to announce the 25th APDR Congress, to be held at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, from July 5 to July 6, 2018.

    Theme of the Conference:
    Circular Economy, Urban Metabolism and Regional Development: Challenges for a Sustainable Future

    The call for papers and Special Session Proposals is open and your participation is very welcome!

    Themes of specific interest are:
     RS01 - Conceptualisation and models in regional development
     RS02 - Territorial development policies for circularity
     RS03 - Strategies of Circular Economy
     RS04 - Technological innovation, new products and business models
     RS05 - Regional innovation, clusters and ecosystems
     RS06 - Reverse cycles and innovation in logistics
     RS07 - Sectoral policies and circularity
     RS08 - Circular Economy and labour markets
     RS09 - Circular Economy and promotion of territories
     RS10 - Management of urban and peri-urban metabolism
     RS11 - Energy production and consumption for a sustainable fu-ture
     RS12 - Urban regeneration, real estate markets and Circular Economy
     RS13 - Cities and spatial planning in the Circular Economy
     RS14 - Management of resources and natural systems
     RS15 - Conserve and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources
     RS16 - Production, consumption and food waste in the context of the Circular Economy
     RS17 - Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

    Special Sessions already accepted!
    SS01 - BIM Technology in Resource Optimization
    Alcínia Zita Sampaio (Chair)
    SS02 - Waterfront Redevelopment Processes: New Issues and Challenges André Fernandes (Chair), João Figueira de Sousa, João Pedro Costa and Bruno Neves
    SS03 - Understanding Decision Making Processes in Wicked Problems: Conflicts and Collaboration in Urban Areas of Illegal Genesis
    Sara Encarnação (Chair) and Margarida Pereira

    Deadline for Special Session proposals: March 31th, 2018. Proposals should be sent by to the secretariat of the Congress (apdr@apdr.pt).

    Deadline for Abstracts submissions: May 6th, 2018. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the platform available on the Conference website: https://events.digitalpapers.org/apdr2018/

    All information at the congress website: http://www.apdr.pt/congresso/2018/

    Looking forward to meeting you in Lisbon!

    The Organizing Committee and the Board of APDR
    25th APDR Congress

    15 February 2018

    The Global Grid Twitter Chat: City Branding and Place Making

    If you are interested in learning more about City Branding and Place Making

    #join The Global Grid Twitter Chat using the # - #TheGlobalGrid
    Wednesday, 21st February @ 9pm (Zürich time)

    Who will be involved:

    The Institute of Place Management (IPM), with Louise Platt (Research Fellow at IPM) leading the conversation, and panel members:
          Malcolm Allan (PlaceMatters);
    ·         Eduardo Oliveira (Postdoc at WSL-Zürich);
    ·         Thorsten Kausch (Thorsten Kausch – Cities. Brands. Impulses)
    ·         The Global Grid team

    We will be discussing:

    ·         The most successful city brands around the world;

    ·         City brands and diversity;

    ·         City brand development processes;

    ·         The pre-requisites of a successful city branding process;

    ·         A framework for place making projects that bypasses community participation;

    ·         The influence of city branding processes on urban policies.

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    With thanks to Professor Vasco Eiriz, EEG, Uni. Minho, Portugal


    Special issue in European Planning Studies Spatial planning and place branding: rethinking relations and synergies

    Introduction:  Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen and Eduardo Oliveira  Rethinking planning-branding relations: an introduction . https:...