Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Towards a ‘Consensual’ Urban Politics? Creative Planning, Urban Sustainability and Regional Development

an article by Rob Kreuger (Interdisciplinary and Global Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA) and Susan Buckingham (Centre for Human Geography, Brunel University, UK) published in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Volume 36 Issue 3 (May 2012)


This article critically examines three interrelated contemporary themes in urban regeneration and regional development: economic development, urban sustainability and creative city planning.

While these themes have distinct conceptual origins, they complement each other in practice. The question we ask in this article is: how do the embedded and contingent politics found in these approaches shape opportunities for sustainable urban regeneration?

We begin the article by defining our core concepts: urban sustainability and creative planning.

We then explore their convergence with economic development, both in theory and practice, and raise critical questions about the universal applicability of these formulas.

We conclude with a conceptual discussion of the problems these discourses represent. In particular, we reveal how these discourses create consensus among diverse (often competing) groups of actors, and the problems associated with this form of ‘consensual urban politics’.

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