Town Planning Review

Two images of Nantes as a ‘green model’ of urban planning and governance: the ‘collaborative city’ versus the ‘slow city’1

Town Planning Review (2020), 91, (4), 415–436.

Abstract

This article examines how the city of Nantes, European Green Capital in 2013, came to promote plans for a new international airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Deploying post-structuralist discourse theory, it analyses how the highly politicised struggle against the airport reveals the limits of the Nantes model of urban sustainability and collaboration, giving rise to a countermodel, which we provisionally characterise as the ‘slow city’. While the struggle against the airport can be understood as a rural social movement, we show how its ideals and logics have been progressively displaced to Nantes itself, disclosing new images and possibilities of urban governance.

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Griggs, Steven

Howarth, David