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Afterword: Planning and the Non-modern City

  • Andrew Karvonen
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Abstract

Cities are messy, planning is messy. Things do not come together as nicely as we would like; they do not necessarily add up. It is one thing to say that cities are multifaceted and complex and quite another to engage with and study this complexity and make sense of it. STS provides a way to interpret and engage with urban messiness without oversimplifying and missing out on the essence of cities. Moreover, STS sparks the urban imaginary and challenges us to think differently about the spatial, material, and discursive aspects of cities. The contributions to this volume demonstrate how planning scholars are engaging with the non-modern character of cities; its complexity, ambiguity, indeterminacy, and uncertainty. While this is a more challenging way to interpret and understand the world, when done well it provides more accurate and arguably more useful accounts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Karvonen
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  1. 1.Urbana o Regionala Studier, KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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