Urban Planning as a Trading Zone

  • Alessandro Balducci
  • Raine Mäntysalo

Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Alessandro Balducci, Raine Mäntysalo
    Pages 1-5
  3. Helena Leino
    Pages 111-123
  4. Vesa Kanninen, Pia Bäcklund, Raine Mäntysalo
    Pages 159-177
  5. Raine Mäntysalo, Alessandro Balducci
    Pages 189-194
  6. Peter Galison
    Pages 195-207
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-216

About this book


'Trading zone' is a concept introduced by Peter Galison in his social scientific research on how scientists representing different sub-cultures and paradigms have been able to coordinate their interaction locally. In this book, Italian and Finnish planning researchers extend the use of the concept to different contexts of urban planning and management, where there is a need for new ideas and tools in managing the interaction of different stakeholders. The trading zone concept is approached as a tool in organizing local platforms and support systems for planning participation, knowledge production, decision making and local conflict management. In relation to the former theses of communicative planning theory that stress the ideals of consensus, mutual understanding and universal reason, the 'trading zone approach', outlined in this book, offers a different perspective. It focuses on the potentiality to coordinate locally the interaction of different stakeholders without requiring the deeper sharing of understandings, values and motives between them. Galison’s commentary comes in the form of the book’s final chapter.


Participatory planning SoftGIS Trading zone Urban planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Balducci
    • 1
  • Raine Mäntysalo
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of Architecture and Urban StuPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2., Department of Real Estate, Planning andAalto UniversityEspooFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5853-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5854-4
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