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About this book
This book explores the potential of multimedia to enrich and transform the planning field. By ‘multimedia’ the authors refer to the combination of multiple contents (both traditional and digital: texts, still images, animations, audio and video productions) and interactive platforms (offline interactive cd roms, online websites and forums, digital environments) which are opening up new possibilities in planning practice, pedagogy and research. The authors document the ways in which multimedia can expand the language of planning and the creativity of planners; can evoke the lived experience (the spirit, memories, desires) of the mongrel cities of the 21st century by engaging with stories and storytelling; and can help democratize planning processes.
The diverse contributions demonstrate multimedia’s potential for layered, complex and open-ended representations of urban life; for enabling multiple forms of voice, participation and empowerment; for stimulating dialogue and influencing policy; for nurturing community engagement and community development; for expanding the horizons of qualitative and quantitative research; and for transformative learning experiences.
The book conveys an excitement about the ways in which multimedia can be used by activists, immigrant and indigenous communities, planning scholars and educators, wherever urban policy and planning strategies are being debated and communities are struggling to shape, improve or protect their life spaces. But the authors go beyond enthusiasm for the new, incorporating a critical stance about the power relations embedded in these new information and communication technologies; raising questions about audience and political intentions; and outlining ethical dilemmas around authorship and ownership, collaborative processes, and the politics of voice.
Leonie Sandercock is the author of eleven books, including Towards Cosmopolis: Planning for Multicultural Cities (1998) and Cosmopolis 2: Mongrel Cities of the 21st Century (2003). The latter won the Paul Davidoff Award for best book from the American Collegiate Schools of Planning. She also received the Dale Prize for community engagement (2005) and the BMW Award for Intercultural Learning (2007).
Giovanni Attili is the recipient of the G. Ferraro Award for Best Urban Planning PhD Thesis in Italy in 2005. He is co-editor of Storie di Citta (2007) and author of La citta dei migranti (2008), and co-author, with Leonie Sandercock, of the book and DVD package Where Strangers become Neighbours: Integrating Immigrants in Vancouver, Canada (2009).
Editors and affiliations
- Book Title Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning
- Book Subtitle Beyond the Flatlands
- Series Title Urban and Landscape Perspectives
- Series Abbreviated Title Urban,Landscape Perspect.
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-3209-6
- Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
- Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
- eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-3208-9
- Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3219-3
- eBook ISBN 978-90-481-3209-6
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XXXVIII, 390
- Number of Illustrations 47 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
Landscape/Regional and Urban Planning
Regional and Cultural Studies
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From the reviews:“This is a very admirable collection of essays, which greatly advances the intellectual project of treating stories and storytelling as crucial parts of planning and urban transformation. … essays are meritorious, I find several of them to be especially valuable. … the book is well worth reading by anyone interested in this particular frontier. … Sandercock and Attili have provided a very fine piece of work … . I would strongly encourage Sandercock and Attili to expand on this brilliant exploration of the frontier … .” (James Throgmorton, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 31 (1), 2011)