Peter Schmitt

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  • 2017. Peter Schmitt, Lisa Van Well. Uncovering the Territorial Dimension of European Union Cohesion Policy, 97-113
  • 2016. Lukas Smas (et al.). Smart Me Up! How to become and how to stay a Smart City, and does this improve quality of life?, 919-923
  • 2016. Peter Schmitt (et al.). Smart me up! How to become and how to stay a Smart City, and does this improve quality of life?, 1003-1007

    In this paper we discuss findings of our case study on the making and implementation of the exhibition 'Experiment Stockholm' in 2015, which, based on artistic exhibits as well as a number of forums, aimed at generating creative narratives for the sustainable urban future in the Swedish capital city-region. Our analytical framework is informed by the emerging notion of 'urban living labs' across Europe as well as 'communicative' and 'actor-relational' planning theory', which is discussed in another paper within the poceedings of this conference (cf. Schmitt et al. 2016). We argue that the exhibition 'Experiment Stockholm' and the activities around it can be characterised as a soft mode of urban governance that can help to unlock creativity and to open up avenues for experimentation and alternative solutions in urban planning. However, caution must be taken to not overvalue such approaches, as our example implies a rather exclusive expert forum instead of a a mode of governance that might be associated with openness and wider engagement. In addition, our example illustrates the significance of suitable and unconventional methods, which otherwise considerably limits the innovative capacity of the participating stakeholders and their search for alternative solutions.

  • 2016. Mitchell Reardon, Peter Schmitt. Territorial Governance across Europe , 95-110
  • 2016. Peter Schmitt, Lisa Van Well. Territorial Governance across Europe, 221-237
  • 2016. Peter Schmitt, Lisa Van Well.
  • 2016. Lisa Van Well, Peter Schmitt. Territorial governance across Europe, 3-20
  • 2016. Peter Schmitt, Lisa Van Well. Territorial Governance across Europe, 63-66
  • 2016. Lisa Van Well (et al.). Territorial Governance across Europe, 254-267
  • 2015. Lukas Smas, Peter Schmitt. Megaregions, 146-174
  • 2015. Peter Schmitt, Anders Rickegård. PLAN: tidskrift för planering av landsbygd och tätorter (1), 30-35
  • 2015. Peter Schmitt. DISP 51 (1), 72-73
  • 2015. Lisa van Well, Peter Schmitt. Europa regional 21 (4), 209-221

    Much of the policy analysis of spatial planning today focuses on governance or multi-level governance in the sense of tracing vertical and horizontal linkages and integration of relevant stakeholders (particularly from the bottom-up). Thus far, little attention has been paid to the more specific territorial dimensions of governance or how knowledge of territorial specificities and the territorial impacts of various courses of action are used in policy- and decision-making. This paper presents the conceptual and practical implications of the ‘ESPON TANGO’ – project (Territorial Approaches for New Governance). To that end a framework of analysis was developed to systematically conceptualise, operationalise and explore territorial governance processes. Some of the main empirical findings from twelve case studies across Europe are synthesised along 20 components of territorial governance. These components are representative of the structural and process-oriented facets of territorial governance. It will be argued that our analytical framework offers various entry points to understand the main elements and characteristics of territorial governance and thus adds clarity to the debate on what territorial governance is. It also offers a more practical access to doing territorial governance to support practitioners and policy makers at any level to promote territorial governance.

  • 2015. Peter Schmitt (et al.). European Journal of Spatial Development, 1-26

    The normative concept of polycentricity has become a promising tool to pursue spatial policy goals such as spatial equity and justice, sustainable and balanced development, and, more recently territorial cohesion, at various scales across Europe. As earlier research has shown, a number of city-regions use the concept for their planning and development work. In pursuit of polycentric development, they call for a robust terminology, solid analysis and methods. As a result, literature analysing polycentricity at the city- or mega-regional scale has grown significantly and it appears that some consensus has been achieved in regards to the main facets and dimensions. Recognizing that the potentials to comprehend city-regional dynamics by focussing on the extent to which polycentric urban patterns evolve has not yet been fully utilised, this paper intends to contribute to a more comprehensive view on polycentricity at the city-regional scale. In doing so, we study the (potentially) emerging urban patterns of two cases, the Dusseldorf and Stockholm city-regions, employing different theoretical starting points and analytical approaches. With this in mind, we aim to unpack the concept of polycentricity at the city-regional scale and to offer academics, as well as planning professionals and policy-makers, further insights into qualifying, analysing and understanding the complexity of the topic at hand. Likewise, we argue that sound strategies to promote and mobilise different facets of polycentric development should be carefully reflected and related to the theoretical, methodological and even normative starting point of any attempt to comprehending polycentricity.

  • 2014. Peter Schmitt.
  • 2014. Mitchell Reardon, Peter Schmitt.
  • 2014. Lukas Smas, Peter Schmitt. Europa XXI 25, 37-49

    The ESPON DeTeC (Detecting Territorial Potential and Challenges) project has developed five territorial approaches that can support regional stakeholders in revealing and detecting challenges and potential within a wider territorial context from a European perspective. The objective of this article is to present these approaches, which can be used to make ESPON knowledge more tangible and which can help in navigating through the inherent tensions, associated with the policy concept of territorial cohesion. In doing so, the article provides at first a brief introduction to the concept of territorial cohesion, a presentation and discussion of the territorial approaches with a particular focus on how they address exogenous challenges and endogenous potentials, conceptualize regional territories within relational spaces, and finally, how they direct attention towards territorial governance and the fluidity of scales and places. It is a practice oriented article that in conclusion discusses how territorial approaches can provide guidance for strategic local and regional policy making and how they help to open up new perspectives in local and regional development through the application of ESPON knowledge.

  • 2013. Peter Schmitt. Raumforschung und Raumordnung - Spatial Research and Planning 71 (5), 443-445
  • 2013. Peter Schmitt. Resilient Thinking in Urban Planning, 109-130

    This chapter focuses on the thematic scope and approaches to urban and regional policy in the five case study cities of Lisbon, Oporto, Istanbul, Stockholm and Rotterdam, while the spatial dynamics and vulnerabilities of each case are explored in Chap.​ 5. For each of these large urban agglomerations, a number of key documents are introduced and evaluated to provide an understanding of their approach to managing urban change, and an examination is made of their operating institutional framework as regards planning and policy in urban management. These documents constitute key elements of the formal planning systems (e.g. municipal urban development plans or regional comprehensive plans). In addition to spatial plans, a number of other strategic documents that have a clear impact on the management of urban change are identified that complement the spatial plans in various ways. As the intention in this chapter is only to provide an overview, the analysis is restricted to the most important among them.

  • 2013. Peter Schmitt. Das deutsche Vermessungs- und Geoinformationswesen 2014, 124-153
  • 2013. Peter Schmitt. Planning practice + research 28 (4), 400-419

    This paper discusses current challenges, expectations and practices related to an increasingly applied normative concept, namely that of planning to become (or to maintain) a ‘polycentric’ metropolitan area. Based on findings provided by a group of spatial planners from 12 metropolitan areas across Europe, the concept of polycentricity is explored along three thematic strands. The paper draws particular attention to the major rationales articulated by practitioners; efforts to set in motion an in-depth debate within an international group; and planners' experiences with regard to the concept's applicability.

  • 2013. Peter Schmitt, Lukas Smas.
  • 2013. Peter Schmitt (et al.). Resilience Thinking in urban Planning, 197-209

    This chapter explores the practices of implementing a polycentric strategy in the Stockholm urban agglomeration. The Stockholm case has been chosen to illustrate the need for a broadening of the understanding of resilience in actual land-use planning to a state in which the governance system can be viewed as a resilient structure that is flexible and adaptable to rapid changes at the city-regional level.

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