Spatial planning reorientations: The evolution of Danish planning policies and practices at different administrative levels

Project Details


The individual outcomes of this project are embraced in the contents of four peer-reviewed papers in international planning journals (Galland, 2012a; Galland 2012b; Galland & Enemark, 2013) and one book chapter (Galland & Enemark, 2014) to be published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Project Description:
This project set out to generate an understanding that contributes to elucidate how Danish spatial planning has been reoriented at national, regional and urban/local levels over time. The fundamental objective of the project was to explore and examine the history and evolution of Danish spatial planning through three embedded case studies from inception until most recent transformations. Respectively, these studies embraced the reorientations of Danish national spatial planning; regional spatial planning in North Jutland; and urban planning and waterfront redevelopment in the city of Aalborg. In attaining its aim, the project was guided in accordance with three different yet also interrelated categorisations: (a) the evolving conception of spatial planning; (b) the shifting roles of spatial planning in handling spatial development and economic growth; and (c) the changing governance structures embedded in spatial planning practices at different administrative levels.

As a whole, the outcome of the project alluded to the increasing policy and institutional mismatch between national, regional and urban/local planning practices. It further suggested that the lessened spatial reflexion embedded in Danish planning did not allow for a comprehensive integrated long-term strategy for the future development of Denmark and its regions. Accordingly, the outcome of the project called for the possibility to rethink the values, concepts, principles and configuration of Danish spatial planning.
Effective start/end date01/02/200829/07/2011