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.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1-20
Aantal pagina's20
TijdschriftPlanning Practice and Research
StatusPublished - 15 jul. 2021


  • utopia
  • transformative planning
  • persuasive storytelling
  • visie
  • ruimtelijke ordening
  • postmodernisme
  • radicale planning


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