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Self-organisation in urban development, towards a new perspective on spatial planning

(2011) URBAN RESEARCH & PRACTICE. 4(2). p.99-122
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To date, participatory spatial planning has produced disappointing results. We argue that one reason is that time and again participatory planning proposals remain controlled by public government, and seem not to be very open to initiatives that emerge from the dynamics of civil society itself. To find out why and how citizens could and would be motivated to contribute out of their own motivation to urban development, we propose turning the focus outside-in, instead of inside-out. In this paper we therefore introduce the notion of self-organisation; referring to initiatives that originate in civil society itself, via autonomous community-based networks of citizens outside government control which participate in developing the ‘urban fabric’ too. We discuss some examples of self-organisation and draw preliminary conclusions of the concept’s usefulness for the theory and practice of spatial planning.
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Actor-Relational Approach to Planning, Robust Urban Development, Complexity Theories, Civic Involvement., Post-structuralism, Self-organisation

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Boonstra, Beitske, and Luuk Boelens. “Self-organisation in Urban Development, Towards a New Perspective on Spatial Planning.” Ed. Rob Atkinson. URBAN RESEARCH & PRACTICE 4.2 (2011): 99–122. Print.
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Boonstra, Beitske, & Boelens, L. (2011). Self-organisation in urban development, towards a new perspective on spatial planning. (Rob Atkinson, Ed.)URBAN RESEARCH & PRACTICE, 4(2), 99–122.
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Boonstra, Beitske, and Luuk Boelens. 2011. “Self-organisation in Urban Development, Towards a New Perspective on Spatial Planning.” Ed. Rob Atkinson. Urban Research & Practice 4 (2): 99–122.
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Boonstra, Beitske, and Luuk Boelens. 2011. “Self-organisation in Urban Development, Towards a New Perspective on Spatial Planning.” Ed. Rob Atkinson. Urban Research & Practice 4 (2): 99–122.
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Boonstra B, Boelens L. Self-organisation in urban development, towards a new perspective on spatial planning. Atkinson R, editor. URBAN RESEARCH & PRACTICE. 2011;4(2):99–122.
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B. Boonstra and L. Boelens, “Self-organisation in urban development, towards a new perspective on spatial planning,” URBAN RESEARCH & PRACTICE, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 99–122, 2011.
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