Town Planning Review

The Tromsø Experiment: Opening up for the unknown

Town Planning Review (2011), 82, (5), 573–593.

Abstract

One of the most essential challenges urban governance is facing today is the question of how inclusive urban citizenship should be. There is a lack of efficient democratic participation in the strategies of urban renewal in most cities, which raises the question whether democratic governance can be maintained at the urban level. Urban planning needs to be open to new possibilities, different perspectives and even conflict and should debate the plurality of future developments, before decisions are taken. Pro-active, strategic planning that acknowledges urban complexities is called for. This potential was activated in the 'Tromsø Experiment', enhanced through a network of 'outsiders', which highlighted the importance of transparency, framing of discourses and staging of events in such experiments.

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Nyseth, Torill