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Lost in translation?: A process-oriented view on municipal spatial planning practice
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Sustainability Assessment and Management. (Environmental Management and Assessment)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7181-064X
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As urban areas are developing and becoming increasingly important for responding to sustainability goals and challenges, it is necessary to understand the conditions for local spatial planning practices who play a key role in shaping urban environments. This thesis aims to explore and analyze municipal spatial planning practices and spatial planning processes in the Stockholm region, Sweden. More specifically, the thesis aims to contribute to the development of municipal spatial planning practice by creating knowledge of the organization and application of the municipal spatial planning process. Based on the results of the four included studies, planning processes at different levels are used to organize embedded processes of contextualization, translation, concretization and formalization, which all play a key role for governing the municipal spatial planning process. Planners engage with processes of contextualization, translation, concretization and formalization to pursue an understanding of how to shape urban environments across unique planning situations. The use of these four processes are of importance for the cross-level interaction in local planning practice. To strengthen the cross-level interplay in municipal spatial planning, it is necessary to pay attention to the relevance of strategic plans, and the influential role of protocol (e.g. the project manuals) in shaping conditions for process participation. Moreover, the cross-level interplay can be strenghthened by designing a process which ties the different levels together and creates conditions for learning and capacity building.

Abstract [sv]

I och med att städer växer och får en allt viktigare roll i att svara upp mot etablerade hållbarhetsmål och rådande utmaningar, så är det nödvändigt att förstå förutsättningarna för den kommunala planeringspraktik som spelar en nyckelroll i stadsutvecklingen. Det övergripande syftet med denna avhandling är att utforska och analysera kommunal planeringspraktik och de kommunala planeringsprocesserna. Mer specifikt syftar avhandlingen till att bidra till en ökad kunskap om de kommunala planeringsprocessernas organisering och användning, med avsikt att stärka den kommunala planeringspraktiken. Resultaten från de fyra studierna av kommunal planering i Stockholmsregionen visar att planeringsprocessen innehåller fyra delprocesser: kontextualisering, översättning, konkretisering och formalisering. Dessa processer är viktiga för att styra den kommunala planeringsprocessen och utformningen av olika, unika, platser. Avhandlingen visar också på behovet av ett samspel mellan planeringsinstrument på olika nivåer. För att stärka samspelet mellan olika planeringsnivåer så är det särskilt viktigt att uppmärksamma strategiska planers relevans, samt hur rådande organisering påverkar möjligheten för olika kompetenser att delta i planeringsprocessen. Samspelet mellan olika nivåer kan stärkas genom att organisera en process som knyter olika planeringsnivåer samman i syfte att skapa förutsättningar för kunskapsuppbyggnad och lärande.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungliga tekniska högskolan, 2019. , p. 20
Series
TRITA-ABE-DLT ; 1946
Keywords [en]
Land use planning, Planning Process
Keywords [sv]
Fysisk planering, Planeringsprocess
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-264407ISBN: 978-91-7873-393-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-264407DiVA, id: diva2:1373376
Public defence
2019-12-19, D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Note

QC 20191128

Available from: 2019-11-28 Created: 2019-11-27 Last updated: 2019-11-28Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Planning for sustainability in expansive metropolitan regions: exploring practices and planners’ expectations in Stockholm, Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Planning for sustainability in expansive metropolitan regions: exploring practices and planners’ expectations in Stockholm, Sweden
2017 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, local and regional planning practices are faced with the challenge of managing rapid growth in expansive urban regions. However, spatial planning should also contribute to the fulfilment of formalized sustainability objectives and support sustainable development. This includes addressing cross-cutting sustainability issues that transcend established administrative and territorial boundaries. Thus, the management of sustainability issues requires attention from actors at different levels, and challenges how contemporary planning practices plan for development. Based in the expansive Stockholm region, this study explores the cross-level interaction in spatial planning and decision-making and planning practitioners' experiences and apprehensions of contemporary municipal planning practices with a focus on statutory plans to achieve sustainability targets and objectives. The results show that municipal planning organizations are under pressure because of rapid urban expansion. It is concluded that the role, format and content of statutory as well as informal planning instruments are decisive for the cross-level interaction between planning levels. Moreover, planning instruments find new trajectories resulting in mismatches in expectations from planners at adjacent planning levels. This influences the interplay and preconditions for achieving national and regional sustainability targets and objectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
Cross level; interplay; spatial planning; strategic planning; environmental management
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-218397 (URN)10.1080/09654313.2017.1391751 (DOI)000423426400001 ()2-s2.0-85031938492 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20171128

Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved
2. The role of small-scale planning projects in urban development: A case study in the metropolitan Stockholm region, Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of small-scale planning projects in urban development: A case study in the metropolitan Stockholm region, Sweden
2019 (English)In: Land use policy, ISSN 0264-8377, E-ISSN 1873-5754, Vol. 84, p. 294-304Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As urban areas are developing and becoming increasingly important for dealing with sustainability goals and challenges, it is of the essence not to overlook the impacts created by the local, small-scale processes taking place across metropolitan regions. Based on a case study conducted in the expansive Stockholm region, this study explores the challenges associated with linking small-scale development to long-term overall strategy and development in municipal spatial planning. More specifically, it explores planning practitioners' experiences of how local planning processes are organized to deal with established cross-cutting sustainability goals and the conditions for promoting sustainability in small-scale development projects. The results show that municipal planners face several organizational, procedural, and knowledge-related challenges that also influence the interplay between public and private actors in the process. To promote suStainable trajectories at the local level, it is necessary to devote resources and build capacity to further develop the relationship and interdependency between the processes of translation and formalization, which constitute an important link between the project-specific planning process and the overall strategy and development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER SCI LTD, 2019
Keywords
Spatial planning, Detailed development planning, Project management
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-252619 (URN)10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.03.016 (DOI)000465365000026 ()2-s2.0-85063760937 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20190603

Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved
3. Organization of municipal planning processes for enhanced sustainability: examples from peri-urban areas in Stockholm, Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organization of municipal planning processes for enhanced sustainability: examples from peri-urban areas in Stockholm, Sweden
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study analyzes how local planning processes are organized and the possibilities to consolidate sustainability issues in urban development. The results show that the municipalities use different approaches, and that municipalities engage with challenges associated with different phases of the urban development planning process. The case study identifies three main lessons related to the enhancement of sustainability in the planning process. First, sustainability issues need to be brought into the center for consideration at an early stage of the planning process. Second, to have non-technical sustainability issues, which are often in the periphery of the planning process, become embedded in planning process, there is a need to evaluate existing rules for process participation. Third, to enhance sustainability in municipal spatial planning, there is a need to complement the existing project-based approach to planning with an ongoing learning process in which practitioners from different levels can exchange experiences and expectations regarding the existing institutional setting.

Keywords
land use planning, local government, statutory planning
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-264405 (URN)
Note

QC 20191127

Available from: 2019-11-27 Created: 2019-11-27 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved
4. Exploring Processes of Contextualization and Concretization: Navigating the Road to Realization in Local Level Spatial Planning Practices in Stockholm, Sweden
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

New governance approaches challenge prevailing statutory planning practices since urban development initiatives emanate not only from central and local government. This study explores the road to realization, i.e. how local planning practices organize the process of assessing the appropriateness of urban development initiatives. The results show how planning organizations face a variety of interrelated organizational and procedural conditions and choices that make planning situations unique and contextual. To deal with this contextuality, planners use processes of contextualization and concretization to relate an initiative to its environment and to gradually transform an initiative to a final land use design.

Keywords
land use planning, local government, statutory planning
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-264406 (URN)
Note

QC 20191127

Available from: 2019-11-27 Created: 2019-11-27 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved

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