Rehabilitating Utopias: the Importance of Imagination to Confronting our Spatial Challenges

Joey Koning, Terry van Dijk

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    Many contend that end-state planning is no longer either acceptable or feasible. However, outside the formal planning system, communities do conceive radical proposals for the places they live in. Our paper makes a plea for a renewed appreciation of Utopias by revealing the diversity of such imagined futures of a place. By means of a review of the nature of 12 locally emerging Utopias in the Netherlands, combined with a literature review, we propose to use spectra to characterise imagined futures, bringing nuance to the debate and a re-appreciation of the transformative power of Utopian stories about futures of places.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-20
    Number of pages20
    JournalPlanning Practice and Research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2021


    • Utopia
    • persuasive storytelling
    • postmodernism
    • radical planning
    • spatial planning
    • transformative planning
    • visions


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