Issue-Based Complexity: Digitally Supported Negotiation in Geodesign Linking Planning and Implementation

Shlomit Flint Ashery, Carl Steinitz

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Research regarding the complex issues in planning negotiation is sparse. This article aims to shed light on the characteristics of “the negotiation issue” in planning and how to deal with negotiation-related complexity towards planning implementation. It conceptualizes processes of negotiation that are represented/implemented via graphic and geographic elements, where the topology is a crucial factor. Our case study of the CAMKOX corridor at UCL’s geodesign workshop provides new insights into the potential of digital negotiations for assessing the characteristics of planning negotiation issues and their associated complexity drivers to enhance the quality of spatiality. The findings provide a detailed description of issue-based planning complexity. A shift of focus away from the products of planning to the negotiation process—as the most important consideration in planning—opens the possibility of implementing “shared” interventions on which there is consensus.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9073
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 2022

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  • consensus
  • negotiation
  • planning
  • planning implementation
  • “the negotiation issue” in planning


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