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.
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