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Lifeworld and social space: spatial restructuring and urban governance in Berlin

Lifeworld and social space: spatial restructuring and urban governance in Berlin

Falahat, Somaiyeh and Madanipour, Ali (2020) Lifeworld and social space: spatial restructuring and urban governance in Berlin. disP - The Planning Review, 55 (4). pp. 46-59. ISSN 0251-3625 (Print), 2166-8604 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/02513625.2019.1708071)

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Abstract

To direct analysing, monitoring, planning, and administrating the city, a new ‘lifeworld’ system has divided Berlin into spatial units, while an overarching strategy of ‘social space’ has become a new paradigm for the city. The paper critically examines these two concepts, with a reference to two urban programmes: ‘Neighbourhood Management’ and ‘District Centres’, as different institutional arrangements which aim at socio-spatial improvements within designated areas. It asks if the application of these philosophical and sociological concepts in Berlin indicate an alternative, more democratic approach, going beyond the common hierarchical, functionalist and bureaucratic methods of spatial subdivision. It shows a realignment of the spatial, social and institutional dimensions of the city, as a new basis for a more integrated system of urban information and governance, in a move from engineering approaches towards a heightened sensitivity to the social context. However, it argues, there are theoretical tensions between the phenomenological roots of these concepts and the delimitation of space into managed units. It asks whether the administrative and technocratic logics remain, recalibrating the map of governance around a new spatial framework, while increasing pressures on deprived neighbourhoods for self-reliance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban design, urban planning
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Architecture and Landscape Research and Enterprise
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2020 14:29
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/27527

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