Expectations from the editors

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In order to achieve the objectives of this book, we are seeking for authors who can:

  1. Identify examples of insurgent planners/ planning as defined in the premises of this book (see Rationale of the Book)
  2. Explain why their practices are ‘pushing the envelope’ in planning practice for democracy building
  3. Critically describe the planning environment in which these practices are taking place, including issues of planning cultures, planning frameworks, institutional weakness or vigorousness, democratic deficit or vitality, etc.
  4. Interview these planners in depth, seeking to understand:
    • How their education has influenced their practice
    • What were other determining factors leading them to perform as insurgent planners
    • What are the values that animate insurgent planners
    • The (institutional/ cultural/ political) challenges faced by them in their everyday practice
  5. Clarify and explain their conception of insurgent planning and their self-awareness about their practices, especially whether they understand the challenges of democracy building and the right to the city
  6. Finally, critically reflect on the findings according to the premises of this book.

This book is not about the use of technology in ‘smart ways’, unless the use of technology advances issues of democratization, citizenship, participation and the like. Planners who subscribe to a SMART city agenda are not necessarily radical or insurgent planners, following the framework of this book.

We aim to publish accounts on 10-15 cases around the world, and in doing so explore the differences and commonalities of insurgent planning. We seek to develop a critical understanding of what could be potential radical planning practices in a landscape of undermining and discredit of democracy and democratic institutions and the abandonment of the notion of collective undertaking and publicness.

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