Town Planning Review

A future for cities? Building new methodologies and systems for urban foresight

Town Planning Review (2014), 85, (6), 773–794.

Abstract

What will cities' infrastructure look like in 2030? How should research methods and policy intelligence improve to take account of possible future threats or intelligence not flowing through to the right sectors in a timely manner? At an uncertain time for cities, this paper argues for long-term urban foresight as partnership exercises between universities and the cities within which they are located. Using a case study of the Land Use Futures project, and arguing for a new approach to foster spatial intelligence, we discuss deploying science reviews, systems thinking and scenario development methods as informed storylines in the evolution of places.

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Tewdwr-Jones, Mark

Goddard, John