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Published: Change of Thought by Annet Kempenaar and others.

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30 de noviembre de 2015

A blog-post is published at 'Ruimtevolk' about this article. (in Dutch)

Shrinkage or ‘no growth’ is expected to condition the long-term perspective of many Western cities and regions. Planning and design for shrinkage differs substantively from planning and design for growth and therefore calls for a change of thought in spatial planning.

In our paper, we analyse how professionals responded to a ‘planning for shrinkage’ challenge in a regional design competition. We found they fully adapted to the shrinking perspective, took a strategic approach, and promoted a leading role for local inhabitants. Collaboration with local inhabitants and entrepreneurs, creating new alliances, and timing emerge as key themes for planning professionals in planning for shrinkage.

full title

Change of Thought: Findings on Planning for Shrinkage from a Regional Design Competition.


Annet Kempenaar, Marjo van Lierrop, Judith Westerink, Arnold van der Valk, Adri van den Brink

Link to online article.