- Planning for lively spaces: adding value to old spaces   click here to open paper content611 kb
by    Cilliers, Elizelle Juaneť & de Jong, Nicolene | juanee.cilliers@nwu.ac.za   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
Lively planning concept implemented in two case studies in an attempt to
enhance the value and function of the old spaces.
The complexity of the spatial planning process has increased because the
modern, highly-developed society is becoming increasingly dynamic with
regard to social, sustainability and economic issues. The society wants its
urban environment to be a reflection of its needs, demands and preferences.
Planning for space implies planning for people, whose needs are constantly
changing. Places are frequently valued for several intertwined reasons that
can coexist and complement each other, but also compete and cause conflict.
Identifying the reasons why the place is valued is essential in planning
for the space.

Planners need to turn the conventional way of planning up-side down and
introduce a more controversial planning process, focussing on the people
and the life of the cities and public spaces, in order to enhance the value
of spaces which already exists, and adhere to the needs of modern
societies. Lively planning is introduced in this paper as the controversial
planning process. Lively planning focuses on the inclusive public realm,
creating versatile public spaces to celebrate the uniqueness of a place,
encouraging alternative uses of the space and improve possibilities within
the space. Lively planning transforms locations that people inhabit, into
the places they live in. This paper will evaluate case studies where lively
planning was introduced to transform the area and enhance the value of the
space. Two specific case studies, namely Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium) and
Doornakkers (The Netherlands) will be discussed and evaluated to determine
the added value brought along by the lively planning processes. The paper
will conclude with initiatives to transform the current planning approaches
in an attempt to add value to spaces with already exists.
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