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Urban and Landscape Perspectives

Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning

Beyond the Flatlands

Editors: Sandercock, Leonie, Attili, Giovanni (Eds.)

  • Refers to the new information and communication technologies in planning transformation
  • Features examples of the latest contemporary practice
  • Co-editors are internationally acknowledged innovators in the planning field
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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).

About the authors

Leonie Sandercock is the author of ten books, the most recent of which include Towards Cosmopolis: Planning for Multicultural Cities (1998) and Cosmopolis 2: Mongrel Cities of the 21st Century (2003). The latter book won the Paul Davidoff Award for best book awarded by the American Collegiate Schools of Planning. She also received the Dale Prize for Community Planning (2005), and the BMW Award for Intercultural Learning (2007), for her paper on 'Cosmopolitan Urbanism'. She co-authored with Giovanni Attili the book and DVD package Where Strangers become Neighbours: Integrating Immigrants in Vancouver, Canada (Springer, 2009).

Giovanni Attili is an Urban Planning PHD, Research Fellow at the University of Rome (La Sapienza) and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC, Vancouver). He is recipient of the G.Ferraro Award for the best Urban Planning PhD Thesis in Italy in 2005. He is co-editor of the book "Storie di Citta" (Edizioni Interculturali, 2007), author of the book "La citta dei migranti" (Jaca Book, 2008) and co-author of the book and DVD package Where Strangers become Neighbours: Integrating Immigrants in Vancouver, Canada (Springer, 2009).

Reviews

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)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Film Works Wonders: Analysis, History and Town Plan United in a Single Representation

    Ciacci, Leonardo

    Pages 3-15

  • From the Campfire to the Computer: An Epistemology of Multiplicity and the Story Turn in Planning

    Sandercock, Leonie

    Pages 17-37

  • Beyond the Flatlands: Digital Ethnographies in the Planning Field

    Attili, Giovanni

    Pages 39-54

  • Mobilizing the Human Spirit: An Experiment in Film as Social Research, Community Engagement and Policy Dialogue

    Sandercock, Leonie

    Pages 57-83

  • (Re)Presenting the Street: Video and Visual Culture in Planning

    Rubin, Elihu

    Pages 85-103

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eBook $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-3209-6
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $269.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-3208-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3219-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning
Book Subtitle
Beyond the Flatlands
Editors
  • Leonie Sandercock
  • Giovanni Attili
Series Title
Urban and Landscape Perspectives
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3209-6
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3209-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3208-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3219-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVIII, 390
Number of Illustrations and Tables
47 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
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