Planungskultur – auf der Suche nach einem kontemporären Verständnis räumlicher Planung? [Planning Culture – In Search of a Contemporary Understanding of Spatial Planning?]

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Levin-Keitel, M.; Othengrafen, F.: Planungskultur – auf der Suche nach einem kontemporären Verständnis räumlicher Planung? In: DISP 52 (2016), Nr. 4, S. 76-89. DOI:

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This article critically examines the recently introduced and hotly debated conceptual approach of planning cultures. While most scientific papers and studies try to focus on the advantages and forces of planning culture as an analytical approach, this article concentrates more generally on the scientific discourse on planning cultures, i.e. with which intentions the concept has evolved, how it differs from other planning theories, and if the concept has achieved the expected results. By analyzing the original idea of the concept and addressing the complex relationships between culture – including the specific socioeconomic patterns and related cultural norms, values, traditions, and attitudes – and spatial planning as an operative instrument of territorial policy, both the potentials and shortcomings of planning culture are presented and discussed. It is evident that planning culture as a concept allows us to place specific developments, planning routines and principles in direct correlation with each other, offering a new and culturally influenced perspective on the analysis of planning practices. At the same time, it also becomes apparent that the concept is still unclear and faces challenges with regard to its adaptation for empirical research. The main reasons for this might be found in the omnipresence of culture, the static focus of planning culture research, and methodological issues preventing the application of the various models for practical research. The article then concludes in how far the analysis of planning cultures is able to contribute to a contemporary understanding of planning practices and routines, and how research on planning cultures can be improved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in disP - The Planning Review on 2017-01-09, available online:
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Document Type: Article
Publishing status: acceptedVersion
Issue Date: 2016
Appears in Collections:Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft

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4 image of flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 14 3.50%
5 image of flag of Russian Federation Russian Federation 13 3.25%
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10 image of flag of Brazil Brazil 5 1.25%
    other countries 27 6.75%

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