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Tales of the City. Storytelling as a contemporary tool of urban planning and design

Published inArticulo, no. Special issue 7, 6
Publication date2015

Almost thirty years ago, as the social sciences underwent their ‘discursive turn', Bernardo Secchi (1984) drew, in what he called the ‘urban planning narrative', the attention of planners to the production of myths, turning an activity often seen as primarily technical into one centred around the production of images and ideas. This conception of planning practice gave rise to a powerful current of research in English-speaking countries. Efforts were made to both combine the urban planning narrative with storytelling and to establish storytelling as a prescriptive or descriptive model for planning practice. Thus, just as storytelling is supposed to have led democratic communication off track through a pronounced concern for a good story, storytelling applied to the field of urban production may have led to an increasing preoccupation with staging and showmanship for projects to the detriment of their real inclusion in political debate. It is this possible transformation of the territorial action that will be the focus of the articles collected in this special issue of Articulo – Journal of Urban Research.

  • Urbanism
  • Storytelling
  • Urban planning
  • Urban design
  • Urban project
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MAGER, Christophe, MATTHEY, Laurent. Tales of the City. Storytelling as a contemporary tool of urban planning and design. In: Articulo, 2015, n° Special issue 7, p. 6. doi: 10.4000/articulo.2779
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ISSN of the journal1661-4941

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