The transformative capacity of regional design

Lukas Gilliard, Fabian Wenner, Alain Thierstein, Nadia Alaily-Mattar

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Abstract

This chapter discusses how regional design introduces a transformative perspective on spatial development. It argues that regional design complements statutory regional planning within the setting of governance processes and that it represents a new methodology emerging as a reaction to the current political inability to re-scale unfit governance structures, with the objective of more effectively steering the development of metropolises. The proposition of a design exercise at regional scale shifts the discourse from issues of formal governmental reorganisation towards methodologies for imagining alternative spatial futures. It does so by proposing a complementary method for formulating regional plans that is interdisciplinary and design-based, similar to urban design but on a wider spatial scale. Design as a process of synthesising can identify and visualise future regional development challenges and convey the need for spatial interventions. The chapter argues that regional design is, therefore, a problem-solving as well as a problem-finding methodology, which should be impact-oriented and strategic. It should operationalise the inter-scalar, relational notion of space. The product of the regional design exercise should encourage debate rather than present an end solution or a master plan. It is, however, complicated by the multiple knowledge domains involved in this process, as well as by extensive, multi-scalar actor networks, fuzzy responsibilities and complex interrelations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShaping Regional Futures
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning and Visioning in Governance Rescaling
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages43-58
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030235734
ISBN (Print)9783030235727
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Planning education
  • Regional design
  • Regional governance
  • Regional planning

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