The professional ‘languages’ in urban development – the need for better ‘translations’ to support decision making
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet), 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, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Stadsbyggnad
Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik
Building Futures (2010-2018)