LNAA10089U Theories of Urban Planning and Governance
• Conceptualising of relational space and planning
• New forms of organisations and cooperation in urban planning practices
• Democratic planning and participation
Cases from planning practices in Danish regions and municipalities will be used to illustrate the influence of different planning and governance paradigms and different forms of organisations and roles in planning practices. Planning practices could be both plans and projects. E.g. the development of: a regional climate strategy, a municipal plan strategy, a project for a residential area or former industrial area into new functions, a transport or a landscape plan etc. How are the processes organised? Who are involved and why? What are the political conditions for the projects and how does politics and public administration influence the project? What is the role of the planners and the designers? How is the cooperation between designers, developers and citizens organised? Etc.
Student will obtain an overview of advanced approaches, theories and discussions about (post)modern planning and governance processes, understand central points of discussion within the theories and in practice and their effect on the development of contemporary cities.
- Students will be able describe and characterize the main differences between planning paradigms: e.g. Rational planning, Collaborative Planning and Strategic/Relational Planning
- Students should be able to compare and
characterize two different modes of governance: Hierarchical
government and network governance in relation to 1) democratic
norms, 2) the role of planners, politicians, citizens and other
private actors, 3) The involved knowledge forms and 4) the
- Students will be able to explain the development from rational to relational planning in relation to the general developments in society as well as reflect on how the paradigms affects the development of contemporary cities.
The students will be able to use the knowledge in a critical-reflective way and to develop positions of their own. They will be able to show this ability in their way of handling and organising planning processes in practice.
- Students will be able to present texts on planning theory and deduce the main characteristics and points of discussions.
- Students will be able to initiate and facilitate a discussion of theoretical concepts in relation to contemporary urban development
- Students will be able to analyze a contemporary planning process in relation to planning paradigm(s) and governance form(s) in a written group assignment- Students will be able to plan a participatory process that is in accordance with the goals and scope of a specific urban plan, and be able to argue for whom and how to involve relating to both democratic norms and pragmatic considerations.
Competences:The students shall be able to use theoretical points of reference when making their own projects and when relating to issues of contemporary planning processes in a critical-reflective way.
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- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 minWritten assignmentDescription of Examination: oral examination based on assignment and general literature
Weight: 30 % assignment 70 % oral examination
- Exam registration requirements
- Group assignment must be handed in. Students must state which part of the assignment they are responsible for. Otherwise they must state that they have each contributed equally to the entire assignment.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
- Project work