The book is a collection of essays exploring the potential of multimedia to enrich and transform the planning field. By multimedia the authors refer to a broad range of new information and communication technologies (from film and video to digital ethnography and the internet), which are opening up new possibilities in planning practices, processes, pedagogy and research. The authors document the ways in which these ICTs can expand the language of planning and the creativity of planners; can evoke the lived experience (the spirit, memories, desires) of our 21st century mongrel cities by engaging with stories and storytelling; and can democratise planning practices.
The text is epistemologically radical, in presenting an argument for the importance of "multiple languages" (ways of knowing) in the planning field, and making the connection between this epistemology and the almost infinite potential of Multimedia to provide varied tools to accomplish this transformation, displacing the supremacy of the rational, linear and hierarchical with more open, playful and imaginative approaches. Each of the authors brings practical experience with different forms of Multimedia use and reflects on the different potentialities offered by Multimedia for critical intervention in urban and regional issues, and the power dynamics embedded in such interventions.
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
Edition: 2010 ed.
From the reviews:"This is a very admirable collection of essays, which greatly advances the intellectual project of treating stories and storytelling as crucial parts of planning and urban transformation. ... essays are meritorious, I find several of them to be especially valuable. ... the book is well worth reading by anyone interested in this particular frontier. ... Sandercock and Attili have provided a very fine piece of work ... . I would strongly encourage Sandercock and Attili to expand on this brilliant exploration of the frontier ... ." (James Throgmorton, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 31 (1), 2011)