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Building transformative capacities: integrating design research into port-city transformation

Dahl, Caroline and Diedrich, Lisa Babette (2020). Building transformative capacities: integrating design research into port-city transformation. PORTUSplus. 9 , 1-21
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Port cities understood as complex human-environment systems are in an urgent need of complying with sustainability goals in the wake of the changing climate and the resulting economic and social consequences. Furthermore, such systems’ interdependencies are not fully understood, changes in them not fully predictable, and straight forward solutions to make them more fit for future challenges tackle part of the problem while generating other. Hence, port city development poses to any actor involved what researchers have identified since the 1970s as ‘a wicked problem’. Contemporary researchers engaged in the study of such problems increasingly recognise the inability of a single field of knowledge to generate pertinent answers, pointing at transdisciplinary science to be the only way out. In this paper we invoke basic tenets of transdisciplinary science to call for the inclusion of the discipline of landscape architecture into port-city studies. The disciplinary understanding of dynamic human-environment systems as ‘landscapes’ prompts the production of multi- and transdisciplinary knowledge, in particular through design research. Based on a case study of three design projects for transforming post-industrial port sites in Nantes (France), Gothenburg (Sweden), and Providence (U.S.A) the paper discusses how their design approaches (iterating, prototyping, simulating) could render planning procedures more dynamic. Furthermore, the paper theorise the interdependency of place and site, project and process, practice and theory.

Authors/Creators:Dahl, Caroline and Diedrich, Lisa Babette
Title:Building transformative capacities: integrating design research into port-city transformation
Series Name/Journal:PORTUSplus
Year of publishing :2020
Page range:1-21
Number of Pages:21
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Keywords:Port-city transformation, Dynamic planning procedures, Landscape perspective, Design research, Transdisciplinary research
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Alternative URL:https://www.portusplus.org/index.php/pp/article/view/207
ID Code:19143
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
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Deposited On:09 Dec 2020 17:03
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