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Performing Planning: Understanding community participation in planning through theatre

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul CowieORCiD



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Greater public participation in planning has long been a goal for planning professionals. In practice what often takes place is the dreaded ‘community consultation’ process. There is often a gulf between a community’s enthusiasm and creativity and the strictures of the statutory planning process. This article reports on a performance based project which explored issues of representation and legitimacy in participatory planning. The use of theatre as a tool to investigate participatory planning has proved to be a powerful one which has sparked their enthusiasm, interest and imagination

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Author(s): Cowie P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Town Planning Review

Year: 2017

Volume: 88

Issue: 4

Pages: 401-421

Online publication date: 01/07/2017

Acceptance date: 02/02/2017

Date deposited: 15/02/2017

ISSN (print): 0041-0020

ISSN (electronic): 1478-341X

Publisher: Liverpool University Press


DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2017.26


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