Today (18.9.), the Finnish major daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, featured a large article, including interview, about my research in Narratives in Urban Planning.
(source: Sirpa Räihä / HS)
More on my research here.
Bottom line of the interview: narratives in planning do matter, and they are more than just branding, or an imaginative smokescreen. They guide not only images and experienced associate with a specific planning project – narrative structures also guide and inform the actual developments on the ground, in the built environment.
To quote a recent article by Noah Isserman and Ann Markusen: “Will planning finally pay attention to its own rhetoric?”
Isserman, Noah, & Markusen, Ann. (2013). “Shaping the Future through Narrative The Third Sector, Arts and Culture.” International Regional Science Review, 36(1), 115-136.