plaNext–Next Generation Planning, Next Generation Planning, Volume 2, April 2016

Volume 2,  ISSN 2468-0648, DOI http://dx.medra.org/10.17418/planext.2016.vol.02


Feras Hammami

plaNext: New Ideas and Perspectives on Planning

This volume marks an important stage in plaNext. It publishes original works following an open call, as the special-issue inaugural volume was dedicated to selected contributions from the 8th AESOP-YA annual conference. With the growing interest in plaNext, we see a bright future as a leading open access journal in ...




Annelies Van de Ven

The Spatialisation Struggle: The Heritage of Open Spaces in Baghdad

This article explores the significance of open space to the formation of local culture and identity. Rejecting any absolute categorisation of open-public and closed-private space, the essay attempts to redefine open space, in order to make it more suitable to specific case studies outside the western democratic discourse within which ...



Jessica L. H. Doyle

Immigrant Entrepreneurs' Access to Information as a Local Economic-Development Problem

Sociologists and geographers have examined immigrant entrepreneurship in the United States to discuss what types of industries immigrants enter, why some groups are more inclined to entrepreneurship than others, and how social networks influence business formation. But such analyses have generally not included considerations of how the larger geographic setting ...


Deepika Andavarapu and Mahyar Arefi

Understanding Resilience in Urban Slums: Lessons from Pedda-Jalaripeta, India

Slums are typically perceived as substandard eyesores, corrupt, makeshift, impoverished and crime-ridden. The growing literature on resilience challenged these perceptions, and promoted new debates on their ingenuity and adaptability to overcome external circumstances. Yet these debates are often limited to short term coping and adaptive capacity of slum dwellers. In ...


Galya Vladova and Jörg Knieling

Prospects for an EU Macro-Regional Approach in the Black Sea Area

Recent years have witnessed the emergence of the first EU macro-regional strategies as a new instrument for territorial governance. This paper argues that both the benefits and limitations of the macro-regional approach are largely determined by the existing territorial, political, institutional and socio-cultural context of each big transnational area. Studying ...