On the ‘complexity turn’ in planning: An adaptive rationale to navigate spaces and times of uncertainty

  title={On the ‘complexity turn’ in planning: An adaptive rationale to navigate spaces and times of uncertainty},
  author={Eirini Skrimizea and H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Haniotou and Constanza Parra},
  journal={Planning Theory},
  pages={122 - 142}
Complexity sciences have been long ago acknowledged to be useful at conceptualizing a variety of phenomena relevant to planning. Nevertheless, the actual mechanisms that will prove adequate to tackle complex planning issues are still under debate. Considering that in today’s so-called era of the Anthropocene such planning issues are more present and evident than ever, the need for further investigating the implications of complexity sciences into building planning approaches becomes very… 

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