Soft Spaces as a Traveling Planning Idea : Uncovering the Origin and Development of an Academic Concept on the Rise

Eva Purkarthofer*, Kaisa Granqvist

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Abstract

This article analyses the academic concept of “soft spaces” from the perspective of traveling planning ideas. The concept has its origin in the United Kingdom but has also been used in other contexts. Within European Union policy-making, the term soft planning has emerged to describe the processes of cooperation and learning with an unclear relation to planning. In the Nordic countries, soft spaces are viewed as entangled with the logics of statutory planning, posing challenges for policy delivery and regulatory planning systems. This article highlights the conceptual evolution of soft spaces, specifically acknowledging contextual influences and the changing relation with statutory planning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0885412221992287
Pages (from-to)312-327
Number of pages16
JournalJOURNAL OF PLANNING LITERATURE
Volume36
Issue number3
Early online date3 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • circuits of knowledge
  • city region
  • European spatial planning
  • governance
  • Nordic countries
  • planning theory
  • relational space
  • soft space
  • strategic planning
  • United Kingdom

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