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Post-growth planning for post-corona times

Post-growth planning for post-corona times: Reinventing a growth-independent planning in times of crisis

What might the current Corona crisis mean from a post-growth planning perspective? This short discussion paper aims at supporting a debate within society and spatial planning about imagining positive growth-independent spatial futures and finding ways to plan and organize for them.

‘Post-growth, post-covid?’ (Podcast)

Urban Political Podcast, Episode 5 of the AfterCorona talks, features post-growth planning: “In the episode we speak to Viola Schulze Dieckhoff (Technical University of Dortmund, Germany) and Christian Lamker (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) about the paradigm of post-growth and its relation to cities. In particular we discussed the roots of this concept and movement in academia and beyond, what it means in terms of planning, living in cities and understanding wealth and its political potential as we deal with the Covid-19 situation.”

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Post-growth from international planning perspectives: Digital roundtable on the future of planning in a post-growth world

Roundtable during the Dortmund Conference 2020 on Spatial and Planning Research at TU Dortmund University | Monday, 17 February 2020

Christian Lamker (Groningen, Netherlands), Viola Schulze Dieckhoff (Dortmund, Germany), Kim Carlotta von Schönfeld (Wageningen, Netherlands)
Guest speakers: Christian Schulz (Luxembourg), Jin Xue (Ås, Norway), Anitra Nelson (Melbourne, Australia), Yvonne Rydin (London, UK)

The debate on post-growth perspectives for society, economy and space is accelerating. Post-growth thinking and acting is no longer only something for small communities, for local neighbourhoods for islands of alternative thinkers and doers.
What might post-growth planning be? A planning in which growth is neither a necessary starting point nor a goal that must be achieved. One that does work on change, but not on growth. One that works on quality of life, but not with more of the same growth solutions. One in which planners engage and motivate.

Sechs Thesen einer Postwachstumsplanung

Seit Ende 2016 arbeiten wir an der Entwicklung von Rahmenbedingungen für die räumliche Organisation und Planung in einer Postwachstumsgesellschaft. Seit April 2017 haben wir den Begriff Postwachstumsplanung hierfür gefunden. Die Diskussionen der letzten zwei Jahre und das Aufeinandertreffen von Postwachstum und Stadt-/Raumplanung fassen wir in sechs Thesen zusammen:

  1. Postwachstumsplanung braucht neue Erfolgskriterien als Handlungsgrundlage!
  2. Postwachstumsplanung bedeutet gerechte und demokratische Entscheidungen!
  3. Postwachstumsplanung stößt große Transformationen durch kleinteilige Veränderungen an!
  4. Postwachstumsplanung braucht experimentelles und künstlerisches Handeln!
  5. Postwachstumsplanung muss aus Scheitern lernen!
  6. Postwachstumsplaner*innen sind wir alle!

Die Thesen von Christian Lamker und Viola Schulze Dieckhoff wurden in der vorliegenden Form am 29. Juni 2019 auf dem ARL-Kongress „Postwachstum und Transformation: Planen – Steuern – Wirtschaften“ mit einem Sonderpreis des Förderkreises für Raum- und Umweltforschung e. V. (FRU) und der Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL) ausgezeichnet.

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Schaut auch bei unseren Freunden von Postwachstumsstadt vorbei.

Postwachstumsplanung – Kollektiv für wachstumsunabhängige Räume
Postgrowthplanning – collective for leading common spaces beyond growth


Impressum nach §5 Abs. 1 TMG: 
Dr. Christian Lamker
Grote Rozenstraat 16-B, 9712 TH Groningen, NL
E: | T: +49/160/4440410

Stand: April 2020

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