The professional ‘languages’ in urban development – the need for better ‘translations’ to support decision making
Conference contribution, 2018
Skills for handling these languages are distinctive for these professional practices and a prerequisite for successful urban development, but there is also need for ‘translations’ between the languages, something far less addressed. As a consequence, we may find steering documents constituted by all these languages, skilfully constructed one by one, but together incongruent. This may obstruct strategic and operative decision making, and obviously impedes efficient urban development.
In this paper, these languages are scrutinised in a close reading of steering documents in a major Scandinavian urban development project, including not only texts but to equal degree geometric representations and numbers, to identify such incongruities. The aim is to contribute to means for better ‘translations’ between professional ‘languages’ to support collaboration between professions, more transparent foundations for decision makers and more successful urban development processes.
Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning
Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Areas of Advance
Building Futures (2010-2018)