Space for Plural Publics and Their Involvement: Reflections on Some Strategic Planning Experiences

  • Alessandra CasuEmail author
Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 14)


Some issues about uncertainties in the city project seem as they cannot be solved by architectural design, and some others seem they cannot be solved by land-use plans. Some have emerged during some strategic planning experiences led by the author in North Sardinia (Italy) in the last years: how to cope with different local, social, economic and institutional actors having different interests? How to involve all the ‘local publics’ in the process? What kind of demand these different ‘publics’ express? How to construct a shared – among these different actors – vision for future? How to implement it? Which is the relationship among the vision, the scenarios, the actions, the projects and programmes that emerge in strategic plans? And among these and the public space? How to make the ‘project community’ be more stable? Can a space for the different publics be helpful for it?

Rather than on participatory techniques, the chapter focuses on organisational and communicative structures that could support some ‘traditional’ planning approaches, facilitating not only the consensus building but also the implementation of strategies, plans, programs, actions and project emerged during the process.


Strategic planning Public participation Scenario Forecasting Pluralized public Urban Centre 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Design and PlanningUniversity of SassariAlgheroItaly

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