Town Planning Review

Strategic navigation across multiple planes: Towards a Deleuzean-inspired methodology for strategic spatial planning

Town Planning Review (2011), 82, (5), 503–527.

Abstract

I regard strategic spatial planning as an adaptive practice concerned with what can be done in the face of uncertainty. Inspired by Deleuze and Guattari, I present a multiplanar theorisation of strategic spatial planning as strategic navigation, involving both the broad charting out of a trajectory of the longer-term future and also for shorter-term, detailed plans and projects with collaboratively determined goals. I develop a methodology for translating the theory into strategic practice, which incorporates a critical engagement with actual conditions and how they came to be (tracing), together with an attempt to unpack what are the conditions for change (mapping and diagramming). Opportunities and risks could be explored allowing the potentials of new trajectories to emerge. I conclude that since the future is inherently unpredictable, the role of strategic spatial planning is to recognise relationalities to facilitate strategic navigation of future trajectories.

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