PlaceChangers

Participation in urban development planning.

The PlaceChangers project entails an intensive single case study of information contributions made in the process of developing plan documents. Publically-employed urban planners (i.e. working for public authorities) draw up those documents on behalf of the individuals living or having certain interests in the geographic area they concern. The process of planning is intended to be participatory to a large extend and therefore relies on active engagement with the individuals and the various interests and intends which they contribute to the discussion. Therefore large amounts of information are collected by the planners on behalf of the public. The information is collated, analysed, categorised, and curated in order to produce these locally-relevant documents, i.e. plans. Can the collated information and the plan documents which emerge in the process of planning then be seen as a form of local information resource?

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