New Visions for Old Cities: The Role of Visioning in Planning

Frank Gaffikin, Kenneth Sterrett

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Many plans and strategies these days are underpinned by `visions'. This article examines the cultural and policy shift in planning in the UK toward more integrated and participative practice, and the potential role of visioning in this new climate. Reviewing examples of vision planning in the US, where the process has a longer lineage, it argues that these interventions suffer from a lack of evaluation of the effects of `visioning'. Yet this visioning approach has been adopted in certain cities and towns in Northern Ireland in recent years. This article assesses the impact of this approach in a detailed case study and finds the impact to have been modest.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-178
Number of pages20
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Volume7 (2)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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