The 'Grand Narrative' of communicative planning promises much: planning is in transition from an expert-led activity to a more interactional and participative activity, where different stakeholders can have their voices heard and make an impact on their living environment. However, research that is taking power into focus has always questioned these narratives. In this article, interaction between planners, politicians and stakeholders is studied through an experiment, where the planning and participation process of a neighbourhood as part of the preparation of the Helsinki City Plan is studied as a 'small story'. The results show that even though digital technologies have essentially added to the transparency of planning and given new tools for bottom-up activities, the structural problems of expert/stakeholder interaction have not vanished; interactive planning dialogue is still suffering from the culture of one-directional informing of the planning ideas and decisions.
|Early online date||2017|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2017|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- participation in planning, interaction, tacit knowledge, stakeholders, Interaction, knowledge management, tacit and explicit knowledge