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Theme: Complexity and the Collaborative Rationale

Center of the workshop’s discussion is the relationship between complexity, spatial planning and the collaborative rationale. The workshop’s theme therefore very much touches the issue of social complexity. Social complexity is an emerging issue within the complexity sciences, however differs from or extends the complexity sciences embracing issues such as the social paradox (us humans being part of social systems, capable to critically self-reflect on these systems and if wanted, consciously going for opposing behaviour to these systems), inter-subjectivity as a source of knowledge, duality (object orientation merging with inter-subjectivity) and more… The collaborative rationale very much relates to the issue of social complexity. Collaborative rationale is also very much in the center of the planning theoretical debate. The collaborative rationale frames the various actors co-existing within the planning arena appreciating collectively managing common concerns that arise within urban regions and the daily environment. As such the collaborative is a wonderful perspective touching upon various debates within Planning & Complexity. 

This workshop has its origin in an intensive email exchange between Judith Innes and Gert de Roo about considering the non-linear side to planning (and its linkages with the complexity sciences) to be a paradigm shift, or not… They concluded together the complexity sciences are a tremendous source of inspiration not to be ignored by the planning discipline, due to its attention to the issues such as time, non-linearity, adaptivity, emergence, resilience, self-organization and co-evolution.

As both Innes and De Roo have published on linkages between spatial planning and the complexity sciences, their arguments are very much in support of further developments of the discipline of spatial planning towards the non-linear. Both concluded the argument of a paradigm shift with the non-linear rationale succeeding the collaborative rationale is a non-issue, as the collaborative rationale very much matters also within a non-linear environment.

Innes, aiming to visit De Roo in Groningen in November 2012 to continue their discussion, embraced the idea to turn this visit into a workshop allowing this discussion to take place within a wider arena. So it happens. Center of the workshop’s discussion is the relationship between complexity, spatial planning and the collaborative rationale. All with ideas, concepts and stories regarding this relationship are welcomed to share them.

Laatst gewijzigd:25 oktober 2012 15:25