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Rethinking the Masterplan: Creating Quality Places book published

Lucy's essay, 'From masterplanning to adaptive planning: conceptual frameworks and social mediatory instruments', is featured in Rethinking the Masterplan: Creating Quality Places, a new book edited by Husam AlWaer and Barbara Illsley (University of Dundee), and published by ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers), 2017.

The book explores new holistic approaches to masterplanning addressing the unpredictable nature of development, and accommodating elements of change in a socio-demographic context. It reviews the latest debates, research and practice, and includes in-depth discussions of key areas such as adaptive and synergistic masterplanning, collaboration and co-production in masterplanning, and typological and plot-based masterplanning.

Lucy's essay outlines the origins, characteristics and goals of adaptive planning, and introduces three exemplary projects: the masterplan for the historic downtown of Asunción, Paraguay, by the Spanish architects and urban designers Ecosistema Urbano; the plan for Simrishamn Region Algae Farm, Skane, Sweden, by Italian architects and urban designers ecoLogic Studio; and Canning Town Legacy for Meanwhile Use, a speculative, hybrid masterplanning model for Canning Town in East London by architect and placemaking specialist Hajir Kheder.

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One of the participatory workshops staged by Ecosistema Urbano, 2015, in the Chacarita informal neighbourhood, Asunción, Paraguay, part of its revitalisation masterplan for the historical centre of the city.