Mapping the (in)visibility of community activism in planning in London

Martine Drozdz


Using an array of mapping and visualisation techniques, this papers seeks to contribute to the understanding of the paradoxical situation of planning governance in London. While progress towards a more open, participative planning framework is undeniable there seem to be little in the way of the transformation of the metropolis into a real estate developer view of heaven, geared towards extracting rent. Using Jacques Bouveresse’s concept of “territory of cynicism” the discussion considers how the emergence of “coalition of expertise” have resulted in banning competing views of urban regeneration from the planning debates.


community participation; media; planning; regeneration

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