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Strategic planning and epistemology of change: Probing the fitness of urban and planning systems with resilient spatial strategies

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Futures in a Changing Climate
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference “Sustainable Futures in a Changing Climate”, 11−12 June 2014, Helsinki, Finland
EditorsAino Hatakka, Jarmo Vehmas
Place of PublicationTurku
PublisherFinland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-952-249-303-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventSustainable Futures in a Changing Climate - , United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …

Publication series

NameFFRC eBOOK 2/2015
PublisherFinland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku
ISSN (Electronic)1797-1322


ConferenceSustainable Futures in a Changing Climate
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period1/01/00 → …


The aim of this paper is to question the fitness of our state-of-the-art urban planning and urban systems to adapt to continuous changes and disturbances in operating environment. We argue that in an attempt to help cities adapt to uncertain futures, strategic planning should be better informed by the epistemology of complex adaptive systems and better recognise recursive emergent processes between urban metabolism and morphology.


  • Strategic planning, Resilience, Complex adaptive system

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland