4. Building the new socio-environmental agendas. Steering, guiding and managing urban transitions and transformations
The feasibility and viability of the 'desirable cities' are conditioned by diferent modes of relationships between different social actors, processes of institutional organization and modes of urban management. They are an inescapable clue - and simultaneously, a barely visible one -in the field of urban and environmental planning. Analysing this clue may shed light upon the political options, decision making mechanisms and processes which involve those various urban stakeholders and clarifies what is at stake when discussing and debating upon alternative urban development projects and their relation to the environment.
Along these thematic lines, we welcome paper submissions and analyses of local and regional management experiences that address and develop the following topics:
- Which is the relevance of urbanism in the public agenda? What is the perception and meanings of the ‘public' realm in urban and environmental planning and its instruments? Which are the perceptions and meanings of the public, the environmental and the social realms in the discourses of economic actors, real estate sector and the civic culture?
- How do the different "rules of the game" - both formal and informal - created between public, private and community actors produce the city and build the urban and environmental planning agenda? How do they affect planning practices? Which roles and functions, hierarchies and connections to urban-environmental planning are prevalent within governments' organizational frameworks? What are the management models, the institutional settings and the organizational forms prevailing in the design, formulation and implementation of cities' environmental and socio-territorial policies?
- What is the role of urban - environmental planning in socially fragmented cities?
- What urban-environmental management models establish appropriate articulations between natural resources, land occupation and use, mobility and the production and consumption of energy? What difficulties obstruct the installation of policies for reducing energy, land and water consumption?
- What mechanisms have been effective for regulating urban land value as well as for controlling and regulating land uses balancing the pressure of diverse actors?
- What modes of social participation in the planning of urban development are effective in the search for environmental sustainability and social inclusion? What practices of participatory planning stimulate the development of these agendas and ensure its social sustainability? What works and what does not?
- Local municipal governments as primary city managers. From ‘manager' and ‘regulator' to ‘promoter' and ‘articulator'. What political, organizational, taxation and financial factors are required to strengthen municipal planning and management capacities? What strategies enable social actors to set up effective networks of inter-municipal cooperation, public-private articulation and citizen participation?
- What policies and practices help bridge the path between the production of scientific knowledge and the strategic orientation of urban-environmental development? What conditions may improve the connections between academic researchers and planners and government officials?