Storytelling as Method in Spatial Planning

Maartje Bulkens, Claudio Minca, Hamzah Muzaini

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Drawing on the case of the Wageningse Eng in the Netherlands, this paper considers the role of “storytelling” within spatial planning practices. It moves away, though, from seeing it as merely a model of spatial planning, where “storytelling” is sometimes used to justify planners' ideals for the landscape, or a model for spatial planning, which pushes for a normative use of “storytelling” as a means of encapsulating local knowledge and the views of those who live in, and use, the landscape. Rather, the paper engages “storytelling” as a method for revealing how formal planning practices may be destabilized by more vernacular narratives seeking to subvert dominant discourses and processes. In doing so, it seeks to not only show the contested nature of participatory planning within the Netherlands, but also the ways in which narratives—as revealed via such a method—construct specific positionalities with real implications for notions of inclusivity within planning practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2310-2326
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Issue number11
Early online date6 Aug 2014
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Aug 2014

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