plaNext–Next Generation Planning, Spatial Governance: Bridging Theory and Practice, Volume 5, December 2017

Volume 5,  ISSN 2468-0648, DOI 10.24306/plnxt.2017.05


Dana Shevah

Editorial: Negotiating Urban Space: Initiatives and Innovations in Spatial Governance

What is so special about the pair of words 'spatial planning'? Is there any difference when we just say 'planning', without adding the word spatial? After all, planning in its essence is spatially bounded. Planning thought and action are depended upon space, namely: cities, regions, metropolitan areas, neighborhoods, shanty-towns, streets, ...

Type: Editorial introduction Special Issue: Spatial Governance


Anaïs De Keijser

Rethinking the Governance of Household Water Supply in Bujumbura: Analysing Informality through a Just City Lens

In her 2010 book, The Just City, Susan Fainstein evaluates justice in her case-study cities (Amsterdam, New York and London) though a three dimensional analysis of justice (Equity, Diversity and Democracy). Her approach, popular among Western scholars, cannot be replicated as such in disadvantaged cities such as Bujumbura because of ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Spatial Governance


Branislav Antonić

Role of Housing Agencies in the Future Development of Serbia

With the rise of neoliberal economy in Europe, decent urban housing has become unaffordable for many Europeans in recent decades. This has further produced socio- economic pressure on urban-policy makers across the continent. In post-socialist countries such as Serbia, neoliberal development has generally been merged with post-socialist transformation, making them ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Spatial Governance


Elina Kränzle

Re-appropriating the City of Crisis: Activism and Participation in the Governance of Public Space in Madrid and Berlin

Urban societies were greatly affected by the economic crisis in Europe and the politics of austerity that were imposed on them. Urban austerity regimes also turned public space, a common good, into a commodity. In the face of these developments citizen initiatives have produced public spaces alternative to hegemonic urban ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Spatial Governance


Mohamed El-Azzazy and Ahmed Zaazaa

Urban Trojan: Urban social innovations in Egypt between the hands of researchers, the community and public authorities

This paper introduces a new perspective to recognize the urban social innovation executed by researchers and initiators as "Urban Trojan" in the urban system. It analyses different approaches taken by researchers/initiators to overcome barriers between the public authorities, the community, and the initiators/researchers themselves to execute urban solutions to societal ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Spatial Governance


Stephan Schwarz and Ingrid Sabatier-Schwarz

Self-organised urban space without profit: Four Examples in Berlin

The following article explores the interdependency between urban crisis as a pre-condition for self-organised responses to it and self-organised projects that try to provide solutions for problems caused by the respective crisis. Berlin is taken as specific field of investigation as self-organisation is very much linked to its recent history ...

Type: Research article Special Issue: Spatial Governance