Polycentricity as spatial imaginary : the case of Helsinki City Plan

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2019-04-03
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en
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20
739-758
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European Planning Studies, Volume 27, issue 4
Abstract
The paper analyses with a case study the use of a widely applied normative concept of polycentricity as spatial imaginary. The case study of Helsinki City Plan and the conflict over its city-boulevard scheme draws on qualitative content analysis of planning documents and expert interviews. It demonstrates the instrumental role of multiple interpretations of polycentricity in tension-ridden metropolitan and city-regional spatial planning. The conflict reveals how the conceptual ambiguity of polycentricity and the institutional vagueness of city-regional planning have together enabled advancing contradictory political aims under their guise. In conclusion, the paper emphasizes the persuasive performativity and fluidity of polycentricity as a spatial imaginary in multi-scalar planning settings.
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City region, soft governance, spatial planning, urban structure
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Granqvist , K , Sarjamo , S & Mäntysalo , R 2019 , ' Polycentricity as spatial imaginary : the case of Helsinki City Plan ' , European Planning Studies , vol. 27 , no. 4 , pp. 739-758 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1569596