Urban vision - a static destination or a dynamic process?

Suvi Tuiskunen, Eelis Rytkonen, Suvi Nenonen

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Abstract

Globalization forces cities and areas to compete with each other to attract talented and motivated inhabitants. In an attempt to differentiate in the competitive market, city officials are creating urban visions by collaborating with a variety of stakeholders. However, every stakeholder perceives the visions differently, and the implementation processes are slow. The capability to update the vision can decrease the uncertainty in the success of the overall implemented solution. Therefore, this paper strives to increase understanding of the processes behind areal vision creation and investigates the effects to the resulting area. The paper presents a single intrinsic case study and takes a qualitative approach by analyzing nine thematic interviews on Suurpelto case in Espoo, Finland. The interviewees represent different stakeholders of both vision building and implementation phases and of both private and public sector. The case represents a situation where economical recession radically changed the operational environment and an essential stakeholder backed up from the project during the operational process changing the dynamics and the implementation potential of the original vision. The results indicate that trust between all the stakeholders through out the vision and implementation phases is essential for succeeding in a project but also a means of gaining trust of the inhabitants. For the practitioners, this implies that more attention should be paid on trust building issues between the different stakeholders throughout the vision building process in order to create trustworthy environments for the potential inhabitants, businesses and other prospects. Potential future research could focus on analyzing the vision progress in a more detailed manner, especially from the perspective of inhabitants of the area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-354
JournalProcedia Economics and Finance
Volume21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
EventNordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 28 May 201529 May 2015
Conference number: 8

Keywords

  • cities
  • competition
  • globalization
  • vision building process

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